Remember the story of the young gay man in Iran who was going to be hanged for having sex with other boys his age...when he was just thirteen?
And how it looked as if his life was going to be spared?
Well ....sadly... it wasn't.
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has learned today that despite an order by the Iranian Chief Justice to nullify his death sentence, Mr. Makvan Mouloodzadeh was executed in Kermanshah Central Prison at 5 a.m. this morning, Iranian time. Neither Mr. Mouloodzadeh's family or his lawyer were told about the execution until after it occurred.
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.
One more murdered gay man.....in a country where 4,000 are believed to have been executed.
Too bad. For a moment I allowed myself to believe that along with all the others who raised their voices in protest I had actually helped save a life. I guess it was too good to be true.
But it doesn't matter The struggle for freedom continues.
The evil religious fanatics who run that country may not be building a nuclear bomb.
But they're still guilty of crimes against humanity.
And one day they'll pay for them...
P.S. One big gay blog in the U.S. suggested that rather than sending letters and postcards to Iranian officials.... we might want to send them dog shit in the mail instead.
But that wouldn't work for me.
Even if I could put my old lab on a four poops a day regime....and collected all the other poop in the doggie park...I still wouldn't have enough to let them know how I really feel....