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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Britain Will Not Deport Gay Iranian Teenager—For Now

posted by on March 13 at 21:54 PM

A little good news from the UK

Britain halted deportation proceedings Thursday against a gay Iranian teenager who has said he would probably be hanged because of his sexual orientation if he is returned to Iran.

Mehdi Kazemi, 19, moved to Britain in 2005 to study and has said he then learned that his boyfriend in Iran had been hanged after being convicted of sodomy. Homosexuality is a severe crime under Iranian law, and Kazemi’s case has drawn concern from gay rights groups around the world.

An initial appeal for asylum was turned down here. But Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, Britain’s top law enforcement figure, said Thursday that “in light of new circumstances” Kazemi’s appeal would be reconsidered, handing him a temporary reprieve that his supporters hope will ultimately lead to his being granted the right to stay in Britain.

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I'm so happy to hear that!

Posted by mj | March 13, 2008 10:18 PM

"new circumstances" appall?

Posted by Kat | March 14, 2008 12:07 AM

a website has now been set up to support Madhi's case - the 19yo gay Iranian threatened with deportation to execution by the British government

Posted by paul canning | March 14, 2008 3:16 AM

I couldn't be happier. The U.S. should have offered him asylum. But we'd rather torture people than save their lives these days.

Posted by Vince | March 14, 2008 7:16 AM

Yay!!! Hopefully there will be similar (and permanent) good news for the Iranian woman you mentioned in an earlier post as well.

Posted by Beguine | March 14, 2008 7:40 AM

Yeah, #5, what you said. Does anyone have any news about her?

Posted by LeslieC | March 14, 2008 10:10 AM

So what will they do when he blows up Pickadilly?

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 14, 2008 11:07 AM

Great! Now they need to do the same for Pegah Emambakhsh (scroll down...).

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2008 6:29 PM

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