Iran Executes Two Men Over Sodomy Charges

The government of Iran has executed two LGBTI men who were convicted on charges of sodomy and spent six years on death row, a rights group reported.

The Human Rights Activists News Agency in a report identified the two men as Mehrdad Karimpour and Farid Mohammadi, who were sentenced to death for forced sexual intercourse between two men. 

“They were hanged in a prison in the northwestern city of Maragheh,” the report said, adding two other men were also executed on the same charges in Maragheh prison last July.

Iran executed 299 people, including four convicted of crimes committed as children in the year 2020, while in 2021, 85 people were hanged to death, according to a report.

The Amnesty International had earlier urged Iran to free an Iranian LGBTI activist, Zahra Sedighi-Hamadan, who held for the last three months on charges linked to an appearance in a BBC documentary on gay rights in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Amnesty said Hamadan was detained by Iranian Revolutionary Guards on October 27 while seeking to flee to Turkey.

Under the Iranian law, sodomy, rape, adultery, armed robbery and murder are among crimes that can lead to the death penalty.

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