Iranian Teen Faces Imminent Execution on False Charge of Sodomy

In mid-July I posted about Ebrahim Hamidi, who is facing execution after his arrest two years ago for being involved in a fight with a family with whom his own had been feuding. Hamidi and three of his friends were later accused of sexual assault on another man. 

Mostafaei Hamidi confessed to the crime, allegedly after being tortured. Hamidi's three friends were cleared of the charges in an agreement that they would testify against Hamidi. The accuser in the crime, the man who was allegedly sexually assaulted, has since said, in recorded testimony, that he lied.

Yet Hamidi is still apparently facing imminent execution and has no legal representation, the Guardian reports:

"Ebrahim Hamidi, who is not gay, was sentenced to death for lavat, or sodomy, on the basis of 'judge's knowledge', a legal loophole that allows for subjective judicial rulings where there is no conclusive evidence.

Hamidi had been represented by human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei, who has since been forced to flee Iran after bringing to international attention the case of another of his clients, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old Iranian mother of two who has been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. Mostafaei was due to arrive in Norway yesterday to begin a life in exile while continuing his campaigns on behalf of his clients, including Hamidi.

At the same time, human rights activist Peter Tatchell has written to the foreign secretary, William Hague, urging him to contact the chief justice of Iran and ask that the execution be halted."


  1. A. Beaverhausen says

    The Guardian (and everyone else) seems to be saying this is an outrage because he isn’t really gay…which means if he really was gay then it wouldn’t be so bad, would it? So in order to expose the hypocrisy the breeder must die. Well, okay.

  2. steve says

    It seems to be saying its an outrage period. The irony of the kid being straight only serves to magnify just how stupid and barbaric the whole affair is. Regardless, gay or straight a kids life is in the hands of a zombie religio-freak and it seems little can be done to protect the kid.

  3. GregV says

    I see that too, Anastasia.
    From the Guardian article:

    “Ebrahim’s case is evidence that innocent heterosexual people can be sentenced to death on false charges of homosexuality [in Iran],” said Tatchell, co-founder of the London-based gay rights group OutRage.”

    I don’t know if that’s out of context, but printed as it is, it sounds like a very strange thing to say: “innocent heterosexual people.”
    I would have expected Tatchell to emphasize that the “sodomy” law itself is outrageous and designed to victimize innocent people. The victim’s heterosexuality is beside the point.

  4. Ajd says

    That’s not what the Guardian meant and you
    know it. Get off your soapbox, this isn’t about gays it’s about a fucked up justice system that is about to KILL someone. Honestly.

  5. A. Beaverhausen says

    @AJD, this is not the first article I’ve read on this case, and all of them have the same characteristic built-in to their telling of the story. Each, in their own way, say “but he ISN’T gay THEREFORE it’s a tragedy”. They are specifically NOT saying that it’s a tragedy that anyone can be executed for being gay.

    It doesn’t matter that the Guardian is owned by a charitable trust (rather than Rupert Murdoch or a Russian neo-capitalist) and is generally considered “liberal” (in the derogatory American sense), if their writer and/or story editor are unaware of their own biases — however subtle — then they manifest as seen in the quote.

  6. ratbastard says

    Holy Mohammed! FALSE charge? He didn’t even get to experience the joys of sodomy? That really sucks.

    Sounds like the Iranian Hatfields and McCoys. Seriously…this is savagery. After seeing the execution/hanging of two terrified, crying teenage boys for being gay, it’s obvious Iran’s leaders are filthy savages.

  7. TANK says

    But…but…the moonbat’s think it’s bigotry to criticize islam (and christianity)…because, ya know, not every single muslim is antigay (just most…)…so, you can’t paint with a broad brush according to those soft headed knuckle draggers… This applies to the KKK, nazis, and, well, any abhorrent repressive political/religious/social group propounding an ideology. They’re idiots, though.

  8. wimsy says

    Accusing your opponent of the worst possible crime you can imagine has deep roots in Medieval thought. Obviously, sodomy is the worst thing imaginable, so that’s a favorite in Iran. Sodomy accusations were also a big favorite in Medieval Europe, where King Philip the Fair of France used them destroy the Knights Templar to avoid repaying the huge sums of money he owed them.

  9. jamal49 says

    This story was in Monday’s NY Times. The small news item mentioned that Mr. Mohammad Mostafaei defended Ms. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani before the Iranian courts but did not mention that Mr. Mostafaei had also represented Ebrahim Hamidi, the teen who has been sentenced to death over fabricated “sodomy” charges by the Iranian Supreme Court. Sometimes, the NY Times sucks a big one.