Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Followup: Teen Faces Execution if Amnesty Refused

UPDATE 3/13/2008- The Washington Post is reporting that the UK will "re-evaluate" Kazemi's case and that for the time being, he will not be deported.

The case of Mehdi Kazemi, 19, got worse for him today. Dutch officials are now deporting him back to Great Britian.

Kazemi had applied to Great Britain for political asylum because he (rightfully) fears execution if he his forced to return to Iran where he is from. When Great Britain denied his request, he fled to The Netherlands. Now, the Dutch are returning him to Great Britain, where he faces deportation to Iran, and then death by strangulation from a noose.

Kazemi's crime is that he his gay. His former boyfriend has already been hung by the Iranians.

His family is planning an appeal in Great Britain.


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