Saving one life at a time

BBC NEWS | Europe | Gay Iranian deportation reviewed

The home secretary is to review the case of Iranian homosexual teenager Mehdi Kazemi, who has said he will be executed if forced to return to Iran. The UK rejected his first asylum plea, but Jacqui Smith has now granted him a temporary reprieve from deportation while she reconsiders his case.

Mr Kazemi, 19, had failed to gain asylum in the Netherlands.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Iran and Mr Kazemi’s boyfriend had named him as his partner before his own execution.

Ms Smith said: “Following representations made on behalf of Mehdi Kazemi, and in the light of new circumstances since the original decision was made, I have decided that Mr Kazemi’s case should be reconsidered on his return to the UK from the Netherlands.”

New circumstance mostly being the public outcry over claiming that someone whose lover had been executed for being gay had no reason to fear retribution on returning to the country where the execution took place. But we’ll take it.

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