Homosexuals Executed in Iran
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad infamously told an audience at Columbia University that there are no homosexuals in Iran. If that’s true, it’s because they are being murdered under Sharia law. Four Iranian gay men are due to be executed for sodomy under their nation’s Sharia law, according to recent stories in the Huffington Post and Jerusalem Post. The four men — identified by the Human Rights Activist News Agency in Iran as Saadat Arefi, Vahid Akbari, Javid Akbari and Houshmand Akbari — are set to be hanged after their guilty verdicts were approved recently by “high court” judges. A recent study found homosexuals in Iran are comprehensively and systematically brutalized by the Islamist regime, which exposes them to horrific punishment, bullying and risk of suicide. The first detailed report on Iran’s homosexual community has found that its members live under social and state repression, with some being persecuted, forced into exile or even sentenced to death. A series of photos from 2005 shows the hanging of two terrified teenage Iranian boys, allegedly for their “crime” of homosexuality. The photos are of Mahmoud Asgari, 16, and Ayaz Marhoni,
The Washington Post reported on the controversy surrounding the photos and the difficulty in verifying the “crimes” of these two teenagers in the closed, totalitarian Islamist society of Iran.