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Iranian Man Executed Today Without Notice for Alleged Sex Crime

The execution of a 21-year-old Iranian man that was reportedly stayed due to international pressure in mid-November has happened.

"Mr. Makvan Mouloodzadeh was executed in Kermanshah Central Prison at 5 a.m. this morning, Iranian time." the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission reports:

Mouloodzadeh"Mr. Mouloodzadeh was a 21-year-old Iranian citizen who was accused of committing anal rape (ighab) with other young boys when he was 13 years old. However, at Mr. Mouloodzadeh's trial, all the witnesses retracted their pre-trial testimonies, claiming to have lied to the authorities under duress. Makvan also told the court that his confession was made under coercion and pleaded not guilty. On June 7, 2007, the Seventh District Criminal Court of Kermanshah in Western Iran found him guilty and sentenced him to death. Despite his lawyer's appeal, the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence on August 1, 2007. The case caused an international uproar, and prompted a letter writing campaign by IGLHRC and similar actions by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Outrage! and Everyone Group. In response to mounting public pressure, and following a detailed petition submitted to the Iranian Chief Justice by Mr. Mouloodzadeh's lawyer, the Iranian Chief Justice, Ayatollah Seyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi, nullified the impending death sentence of Mr. Mouloodzadeh. In his November 10, 2007 opinion (1/86/8607), the Iranian Chief Justice described the death sentence to be in violation of Islamic teachings, the religious decrees of high-ranking Shiite clerics, and the law of the land. In accordance with Iranian legal procedure, Mr. Mouloodzadeh's case was sent to the Special Supervision Bureau of the Iranian Justice Department, a designated group of judges who are responsible for reviewing and ordering retrials of flawed cases flagged by the Iranian Chief Justice. However, in defiance of the Chief Justice, the judges decided to ratify the original court's ruling and ordered the local authorities to carry out the execution."

According to their report, "Neither Mr. Mouloodzadeh's family or his lawyer were told about the execution until after it occurred."

Said Paula Ettelbrick, IGLHRC's executive director: "This is a shameful and outrageous travesty of justice and international human rights law. How many more young Iranians have to die before the international community takes action?"

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  1. Holy Shit.

    Posted by: JayA | Dec 5, 2007 3:27:48 PM

  2. How Far Are We From This Type Of Hate, Not Very Far.

    Posted by: Richie | Dec 5, 2007 3:30:25 PM

  3. Evil barbarians.

    Posted by: Bud | Dec 5, 2007 3:31:30 PM

  4. Evil barbarians.

    Posted by: Bud | Dec 5, 2007 3:31:41 PM

  5. This is a terrible tragedy, and shows how wrong the Iranian gov't. and religious fundamentalism is.

    Posted by: Dan | Dec 5, 2007 3:39:20 PM

  6. Christians may be a hateful group, but Islam is taking it to whole new level. It's time for mainstream Muslims to call this kind of behaviour out as the vile farce that it is, or it's time for us to begin wiping this evil religion out.

    Posted by: moondoggie | Dec 5, 2007 3:41:20 PM

  7. Unfortunately, Moondoggie, the bar has been raised.

    With the enslaught of gay hate crimes seemingly escalating in this country, and the airwaves filled more and more with lunatic nutjobs vying to out-soundbite each other, the Iraninans are only the tip of the iceberg.

    This is fucking game with the zealots out to prove who can win this pissing match.

    The more I see, the more I think Socialism is better.

    Posted by: Rad | Dec 5, 2007 3:49:23 PM

  8. Yeah socialism kills EVERYONE! Maybe we can wait around and Solomense will tell us it's okay because he probably wasn't gay either.

    Posted by: Tim | Dec 5, 2007 3:59:15 PM

  9. If we were to invade Iran, it would be for this and not some made-up nookulear weapons.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Dec 5, 2007 3:59:48 PM

  10. Savages!

    Posted by: Princess Superstar | Dec 5, 2007 4:09:37 PM

  11. This is monstrous and barbaric! Who do we contact to protest?

    Posted by: Mark | Dec 5, 2007 4:20:17 PM

  12. Sad AND cowardly! Do they really have a judicial system in Iran? Hopefully other GLBT folks who reside in that shithole country will take this as a sign to get the fuck out of there.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Dec 5, 2007 4:31:50 PM

  13. "This is a shameful and outrageous travesty of justice and international human rights law. How many more young Iranians have to die before the international community takes action?"

    The international community took action and brought pressure to the Iranian court concerning this case and the sentence was stayed.In defiance of Iranian law certain judges ordered the original sentence carried out.Seems to be a classic power struggle.I just hope the citizens of Iran are now more aware of the extent to which people seeking power over others will go.So the statement could read:

    "This is a shameful and outrageous travesty of justice and international human rights law. How many more young Iranians have to die before the Iranian people take action?"

    Not only does this power struggle happen in Iran but also in other countries worldwide.In this case the pawn was a young gay man.You can transpose every reference of "Iranian" with any victim group.Just a thought.

    Posted by: GregB | Dec 5, 2007 4:54:18 PM

  14. The nonstop string of legal lynchings of feminists, trade unionists and LGBT folk, particularly young men and boys, by the Iranian Ayatollahs is a crime against humanity. At some point the Iranians will rise up against them just like they got rid of the Shah and his toadies. Then the Ayatollahs will get a fair trial and can be ground up in history’s garbage disposal. Or shot, whichever’s cheaper.

    The same charges of murder can be made against the butcher grand ayatollah Ali al-Sistani of Iraq who issued a death fatwa against LGBT folk there. His orders have been carried out with zeal by the Badr Corps, armed by the invading US army, authorized by the Republican Administration and funded by a grand coalition of bipartisan Democratic and Republican oil pirates. Al-Sistani and his fellow shiite ayatollahs in Iran are almost certainly responsible for the murder of thousands of GLBT folk.

    Some islamists deliberately couple violence with bigotry and to a greater extent than hypocritical conservative christians. However both types result in harassment, beatings and death. That of the islamists is much, much worse in scale, but not in intent. What reactionaries refer to as islamo fascism is just as applicable to their christian totalitarian cousins. The antigay venom and threats of the Paisleyites in occupied northern Ireland, Mugabe in Zimbabwe, the Ayatollahs, Der Pope, and US televangelists are camouflage for their reactionary and conservative political agendas.

    Those interested in helping defend our GLBT brothers and sisters in Iraq and Iran can contact the following two websites:

    A fuller treatment of christian and islamic religious violence and bigotry can be found at: sistani.htm ...VP_Swaggart.htm adjudi...F_ADJ_41843.htm

    or emial me at

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Dec 5, 2007 4:54:20 PM

  15. Now, Paul...what was that bullshit about a "stunning achievement"?

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Dec 5, 2007 5:15:04 PM

  16. There is no limit to the contempt I feel for the Islamic regime in Iran. That contempt is magnified by the knowledge that the US had a hand in installing the ayatollahs in power. Had we left well enough alone in 1953 and left their elected parliament intact, then imposing the brutal Shah over the Iranian people, we may never have lived through the nightmare of the hostage crisis and the neverending pissing contest between the leaderships of our respective countries.

    What makes me even more sick is the thought that the Iranians themselves don't seem to want to do anything about their own government and the problems that it causes to its citizens. Just as with Iraq, the people in Iran won't stand up to their Muslim rulers - but you can damn sure bet that they would stand up to us if we invaded.

    I can only hope that for the sake of this poor Iranian man that his death was quick and relatively painless. Of course, I am sure it wasn't since one of the rules of sharia is that homosexuals should be executed in a painful way.

    Sick. Just sick. But imagine how man American theocrats are watching stories like this, looking on with envy at what the theocrats in Iran get away with. Don't you think that the American Taliban are just as bloodthirsty as the Iranian mullahs are? Don't you think that Pat Robertson gets a hard-on thinking about publicly executing gays, adulterers, non-believers, etc.?

    Posted by: Jonathon | Dec 5, 2007 5:26:38 PM

  17. I stopped being part of amnesty international because of that . Nothing changes . Never!!! How long are we gonna have to face news like that before somebody takes REAL actions. Fed up of listening to the same speech from human right activists.


    I m just appalled, disguted , gutted.

    Bless him . I'm sure he s better and safer where he is now...

    Posted by: archangel | Dec 5, 2007 5:30:35 PM

  18. Oh, also remember that it is not just homosexuals who are persecuted in Iran. Any non-Muslim religious group lives under extreme pressure. Zoroastrians (formerly the religion of the Persians and a contributor to Judaism, Christianity and Islam) can't live in peace in their own country. Bahai'is are brutally harassed and bullied. Jews and Christians have their share of abuse too from the Shia Muslims who dominate Iran. And heaven forbid a Sunni Muslim even try to set foot in Shiite Iran.

    Check out to get an idea of what horrors are taking place in Iran against minorities and political groups not aligned with the Iranian leadership.

    Posted by: Jonathon | Dec 5, 2007 5:30:56 PM

  19. Do something, Like what?...invade Iran? Overthrow the government? Bomb something?

    Oh that's right, the no-WMDs-here Left loves Iran. Only the deranged, war-mongering, oilfield-lusting Bushies and their self-loathing Log Cabin fellow-travelers want to hurt the Mad Mullahs and contain Iran.

    You can't have it both ways, boys and girls.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Dec 5, 2007 6:17:49 PM

  20. Ted B typical cynical right-winger twisting the truth.

    The left is OPPOSED to LYING to invade a country.

    The right is supported by Christian wanna-be fascists - remember the Republican base may still want to reinstate the only recent reversal of sodomy laws. I am sure they would love that LEFT TO THE STATES.

    If America elected a goverenment/leaders that took a stand against the sexual religious fascists in our own country - we could take a stand against the Islamic countries. But we can not because of who the elitist Republicans have turned to for support as America woke up to how corrupt they are.

    As for Gay Republicans - just more elitists who are fighting to be allowed into the elitist party - and willing to support corrupt liars in the process.

    Posted by: RJP3 | Dec 5, 2007 6:53:21 PM

  21. these countries and their way of thinking is all fucked up. there is nothing wrong with being respectful of a countries traditions and customs, but when human life means nothing someone needs to step in and say enough!!

    Posted by: Paul | Dec 5, 2007 7:05:52 PM

  22. this story disturbed me so bad, i couldn't think straight for hours.

    i know there are a lot of people who are persecuted in Iran. but who in that country cares? the younger generation of Iranians are slowly becoming more socially/worldly educated and progressive, yet there was no outcry from their own people in this matter!!

    a man, was (admittedly) falsely accused, and sentenced for committing gay rape when he was 13, even though under their law he technically couldn't have committed ANY crime at that age.

    it was a false (and illegal) charge. it was based off of (admitted) false testimony, and it made a mockery of the Iranian court system (if you could call it that) - especially once the international community got wind of what was going on.

    even when presented with a list of laws Iran themselves were breaking in this case by the IGLHRC, the Iranian government still saw the need to to kill Makvan Mouloodzadeh - my brother AND yours.

    my question here (and everywhere) is: what are we doing in order to make sure this doesn't happen AGAIN?

    Posted by: james P | Dec 5, 2007 7:11:10 PM

  23. Jonathan

    Not exactly true on the Jewish front.

    Many non iranian Jews are upset that iranian Jews for some reason prefer to live in Iran even though they are offering all sorts of money for all Iranian jews to relocate out of that country.

    The Iranian government and Iranian jews have a strange interaction/ fellowship that isn't anything like persecution.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Dec 5, 2007 11:13:19 PM

  24. Until literacy rates radically improve in Iran, the people there will not vote out the mullahs. However, I suspect that the problem is that he was both gay AND poor, meaning that his family could not buy his release or commutation of his sentence.

    Posted by: anon ( | Dec 6, 2007 12:09:33 AM

  25. Let's direct our anger and disgust toward Iran's ruling regime, not the Iranian people, who are nothing like the "vile" "barbaric" "medieval" troglodytes people claim. Change WILL happen in Iran, but it has to come from within. I don't know how many freaking times the West has to learn, re-learn and re-learn again that lesson before they figure it out.

    Posted by: Dave | Dec 6, 2007 2:49:45 AM

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