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?”

Execution of Iranian Gay Man Stayed Due to International Pressure [tr]


  1. Dan says

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

  2. moondoggie says

    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.

  3. Rad says

    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.

  4. Tim says

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

  5. SFshawn says

    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.

  6. GregB says

    “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.

  7. Bill Perdue says

    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:…m/article/2659/…nal/ sistani.htm …VP_Swaggart.htm adjudi…F_ADJ_41843.htm

    or emial me at

  8. Jonathon says

    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.?

  9. archangel says

    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…

  10. Jonathon says

    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.

  11. Ted B. (Charging Rhino) says

    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.

  12. RJP3 says

    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.

  13. Paul says

    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!!

  14. says

    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?

  15. Jimmyboyo says


    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.

  16. anon ( says

    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.

  17. Dave says

    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.

  18. AdamKain says

    I feel like screaming but fail to make a sound

    It sadden me deeply

    If you really want to get rid of this hateful goverment of Iran, Go for it Yankees!!!As a chinese it’s the first time I encourage US to do such thing whatsoever, that’s the state of mind I’m in, both Angry and Powerless

  19. queendru says

    Jonathan, to answer you questions, “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.?”

    I have to say not only NO but HELL NO. Fred Phelps might day dream about it but I don’t think Robertson and the rest are on the verge of setting up concentration camps for gays.

    You also said “Had we left well enough alone” which I have to say had the West left well enough alone and caused the post WW1 economic collapse of German leading to the rise of Nazis, not created Iraq, Israel, Jordan and other nations in the Mid-East, had it not supported the Shah, it wouldn’t have needed to support Saddam and on and on. 20th century interventionism and Empire expansion created a whole mess of things. On the other hand, maybe a continued British rule in the Muslim world wouldn’t have been so bad compared to modern Iran or the life under the Taliban.

    RJP3 said “The left is OPPOSED to LYING to invade a country.” Gulf of Tonkin? In 2001 an audio tape revealed President Johnson admitting the incident he used to obtain approval from congress never happened. There was some wrong information about Iraq, thank you CIA, but nothing so damning as LYING.

  20. Jimmyboyo says


    True, the majority of Iranians are under 30, well educated, lightly religous, pro west youths. Though less pro west then they were pre bush years.

    The goal should be diplomatic support, encouragment, and advancment of them.

    Change in iran will be via empowering and supporting the vast numbers of pro west youth there. It isn’t a quick thing thus not good for sound bites, but in the long run it is the best thing for Iran, Iran’s neighbors, the US, everybody.

  21. Puneet Madaan says

    They don’t have Gays like in other countries… because —-sensor—–

    “I am still politically correct, or ??? “

  22. valentine says

    Most often the case the accusers are the perpetrators, as here is the case.
    The muslims in Iran accuse the innocent of being criminal when the muslims are the murders; the nazis did the same to all their victims.
    Here on this blog I read accusations from those of a group whose infectious diseases continues to spread and murder (a slow and tortuous one) and nothing is said about it.

  23. urban says

    Harvest you own oil, arm yourselves to the teeth,have nothing to do with any islamic regime whatsoever.And throw all muslims out of your country.

  24. says

    I can see that many comments are coming from atheists. Let me remind you atheists that Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, and Mao Tze Tung were all avowed atheists that never cast a shadow in any church or temple. All these cruel atheists are responsible for 120,000,000 untimely deaths. Benito Mussolini especially was very proud of his atheism. I’m proud to be a practicing Catholic. I see no wrong with gentle and meek Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, atheists do.

  25. Jimmyboyo says

    Philip you are so wrong

    Hitler Berlin 1938 “My lord and saviour moves me to war against the godless secular and Jew”

    etc X hundreds of such quotes

    There are actual pics of Hitler recieving communion and he was never excomunicated.

    Musolini again a comunion recieving catholic in good standing who was never was excomunicated

    Stalin oversaw the worship of the state = still a deity. The state was the deity in the former USSR. Also allowed state sanctioned churches with state picked and ordained priests. Only non state sanctioned religions and preists not allowed.

    mao ? Not enough info.

  26. JLS says


    The problem is not “fundamentalist Islam.” The problem is Islam. The problem is religion. Moderately religious people create the ENVIRONMENT in which fundamentalists are created. How? By believing ‘unquestioning faith’ to be a virtue. FUCK. THAT.

    These people in Iran are NOT crazy and NOT savages. They are, however, DEEPLY religious. Religion is poison. Irrational belief in the absence of evidence enables human beings to do terrible things. The Quran is not a peaceful work. It is very clear on it’s stance towards sinners and infidels. Anyone who tells you otherwise is not a very good muslim. The Bible is no better.

    We must question religion, question other people’s faith, make them justify their beliefs. I do not respect other people’s religious beliefs JUST BECAUSE they are “their beliefs”, and neither should you.

    Beliefs are stupid and faith is dangerous. But people will go on sticking to their ridiculous superstitions until we start asking the right questions.

    This was harsh, but I don’t want any more innocent brothers of mine to be killed because of religious nonsense.

  27. Bill H says

    I’m confused. Isn’t it the partyline of leftists to say that we shouldn’t tell other countries how to run their business? That democracy may not work for all? That each nation should be able to build their own laws as they see fit? Isn’t this the reason so many are against American nation-building? If so, then how can we decry this execution as it is based on the law of Islam, sharia law. This is the law of Iran, Iraq, and practically every other Islamic nation in the world. Again, it seems like hypocrisy to me to use that particular argument against ourselves. The reason this man’s sad and painful execution is wrong is that it goes against everything this nation (and many other Western nations) stands for – pursuit of life, liberty and happiness without the intrusion of the state. While we’ve got our own issues along the same lines here in America, they pale in comparison to what happens under the Islamofascist sharia law. For such a thing to happen in this country there would have to be a change in the constitution that would allow a state-sponsored religion. As well, I think even the most right-wing of Christians would have a hard time coming up with something to show that Jesus Christ would approve of the killing of a homosexual. The same cannot be said for Mohammed.

  28. unimpressed says

    BILL H wrote: “I think even the most right-wing of Christians would have a hard time coming up with something to show that Jesus Christ would approve of the killing of a homosexual.”

    Bill, please meet Fred Phelphs. Fred, meet Bill.

  29. Darrell says

    “With the enslaught of gay hate crimes seemingly escalating in this country…”


    What crap. If some gay person hears that somebody thinks “gay marriage” isn’t a good idea, they consider that a “hate crime.”

    To compare the easy, pampered life for a spoiled gay person in the West with the life of a woman, gay or otherwise, in an Islamic thugocracy, is the most despicable, stupid moral equivalence I can think of, and only somebody so used to unpaid-for freedom that they feel comfortable spitting on it would make such an idiotic suggestion.

  30. Derrick from Philly says

    No, gay people do not consider being against gay marriage a hate crime. Gay people consider a broken jaw, teeth knocked out, permanent damage to a human body committed just because you are gay–those are we call hate crimes.

    Thanks, Bill Perdue & Jonathon & JIMMY, for the insightful comments concerning the background in the rise of 12th Century savagery in Iran–that US & the European Colonial Powers’foreign policies are always buried somewhere in the mess.

    Bill H: Lydon Johnson was a liberal on domestic issues, a hawk on foreign policy. It took a while for the Democrats to rid ourselves of that type.

  31. Joshua says

    Sorry people…..but the problem in Iran is RELIGION….a perverted form of an already deadly RELIGION.
    Bill spouting your usualy communist manifesto crap isn’t going to stop whats been going on in Iran. This kid isn’t the first and won’t be the last to be executed for being gay.

    I want to puke everytime I hear some of you going on about how gay’s in the west and particulaly the U.S. are having their right’s trampled and how *hate crimes* are up. I have said this before in here, you have no idea what REAL hate is until you go into the Islamic world and sashy down the street like your in Chelsea or the Village.
    Iran has the youngest population of any Muslim country, also the highest level’s of literacy…..but even the young, educated men and women there do NOT like homosexuals.
    There will NEVER be gay right’s in ANY Muslim country, as long as there are Mulims.

    And to the person above who said it’s the goverment, not the people of Iran…..your completely wrong….it’s just as much the people of Iran as the goverment. In fact, the vast majority of Muslim’s in the world are fervantly anti-gay. The Shia dominated countries have the harshest penalties for gay activity(usually death, plus lashes), but they ALL have them.

  32. Dave says

    Yeah, I’m the “person above” who said that the government of Iran should be blamed rather than the people.

    You sound like an expert on the issue. I guess that means that, like myself, you’ve been to Iran more than once. I also assume that like myself you have an Iranian partner and know a wide range of Persian individuals. That must be what you’re basing your statements on, right? Certainly not on media stereotypes and ingorant generalizations.

    Most of Iran’s youth are very lightly religious, disinterested at best or highly disgruntled with their government. Walk around Tehran and you will see a bunch of plastic-surgery bandages and designer handbags. If anything, they are materialistic and disinterested much like our own youth. But they are certainly not as you broadly paint them to be.

  33. Bill Perdue, RainbowRED says

    Our movement is nothing if not international. We have everything in common with our brothers and sisters in Ireland, Iraq, Iran etc. and nothing in common with the leaders of the American government, who are enemies to us all.

    The real question is that religious bigotry is used to cover a reactionary political agenda.

    o – That’s true in occupied northern Ireland where conservative Paisleyite goons use religion to go after GLBT folk and the Irish.

    o – It’s been used by US armed Shiite ayatollahs in Iraq to hunt down and murder hundreds of GLBT folk.

    o- It’s used by bigot goons in this country who are responsible for 20 plus murders and lynchings a year and thousands of beatings.

    o – It’s used by the Iranian ayatollahs who are responsible for the brutal torture and murder of thousands of gays and lesbians, feminists, student rebels and trade unionists.

    O – It’s used by muslim and christian politicians and cleric throughout Africa to kill us and in the genocidal wars that are colonialisms legacy. It’s used to block efforts to contain AIDs.

    The distinction between christian bigots here and in muslim societies is a difference in their ability to hurt and kill us, not their intent.

  34. herb bolano says

    this is bad because by just being yourself and doing what makes you happy with somebody who understands you will cause your life? i am a filipino and i am gay and i have sex with consenting guys and its just but natural, why do i have to die if i have sex with guys…

  35. John says

    congratulations to that government for executing the death for that gay.I hope the other governments also follow the same actions against the gays&lesbians.