IRAN: TEN MEN FACE EXECUTION FOR SODOMY
December 10, 2009: ten young Iranian men, including eight teenagers, are currently awaiting execution for sodomy, Hossein Alizadeh, Middle East and North Africa program coordinator for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission confirmed.
Ghaseem Bashkool, 25, was sentenced to death by the Ardabil province First District Criminal Court for sodomy along with another young man on May 31, 2007. The Supreme Court upheld the death sentence.
Mahdi Pooran, 17, and three other teenagers Hamid Taghi, Ebrahim Hamidi, and Mehdi Rezaii, were found guilty of sodomy by the Second District Criminal Court of Tabriz in July 2008, and sentenced to death. (Sources: GayCityNews.com, 10/12/2009)