Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Brody's Notes... Iran Hangs Three Men For "Unlawful" Homosexual Acts

Gay Iranian Teens Hung in 2005.
By Brody Levesque | OSLO, NORWAY -- In an interview with the chief spokesman for the Oslo based Iran Human Rights Watch organisation Tuesday, Dr. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam told LGBTQNation that there were reports by the state run Iranian news agency ISNA Iran, that six people were hanged in the Karoun prison of Ahvaz (southwest of the Iranian capital city of Tehran) early Sunday morning September 4th.
Independent knowledgeable sources in Istanbul, Turkey verified that the claims made by the Iranian state run television agency were correct.
ISNA reported that three of those executed were sentenced to death by the Ahvaz revolution court, convicted of "unlawful" acts and acts against Sharia, based on the articles 108 and 110 of the Iranian Islamic penal code. Articles 108 and 110 of the Iranian Islamic Penal code are part of the chapter covering the punishment of "Hadd" for "sodomy". Article 108 says: "Sodomy (or Lavat) is sexual intercourse between men”, and article 110 says:”Punishment for sodomy is killing; the Sharia judge decides on how to carry out the killing".
The men were identified as: "M. T.", "T. T." and "M. Ch." (no ages were given) and in addition to being convicted of sodomy, the three were also convicted of the offences of kidnapping and robbery.
Condemning the executions, Dr. Amiry-Moghaddam, remarked:
”Yesterday’s executions for sodomy might be among the rare cases were the Iranian authorities admit to having executed men convicted of homosexual acts." Amiry-Moghaddam added, "Iranian authorities normally present such cases as rape, but rape as not been mentioned in this case."
Dr. Amiry-Moghaddam warned that new wave of executions was scheduled for the coming weeks in Iran.
"After a short break in the executions due to the Holy month of Ramadan, we have received reports about many scheduled executions in the coming days and weeks in Iran."  Amiry-Moghaddam added: "Many of the scheduled executions are planned to be carried out publically."
A spokesman for the Iranian mission to the United Nations located in New York City declined to comment about the executions when contacted by LGBTQNation.


Trab said...

This is sickening, but it does bring up a disturbing thought; unless the men are doing their 'thing' in public, how are these cases being brought against them? Is there actually a police squad which does nothing but raid men's houses to see if they can catch guys 'in the act'? Or is this all dependent on so-called friends turning someone in? Or worse, is this a case of unfriendly people simply targeting someone else with completely unfounded allegations, which the authorities then 'prove' with manufactured evidence.

Quite honestly, if the sentence for sex with another man was death, I'd probably be celibate, while seeking emigration. If these Iranian gays know what can happen, they are either careless, or making a statement, assuming they aren't victims of unjust charges. Still, it is all sickening since they haven't hurt anyone else. Prevention of hurt to another should be the primary role of law, not supporting religious idiocy.