Death penalty for man accused of homosexuality (Iran)

Nemat Safavi, arrested almost three years ago at the age of 16, has been condemned to death by a court in Ardebil, in the northwest Iranian Azerbaijan region.

Nemat has not killed anyone, stolen anything or even carried out any political activism.

Nemat has been accused of having homosexual relations.While that was not stated during the court case, he was accused of “sexual relations that were not admitted”.

A year ago, on a visit to Colombia University in New York, Iran’s hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said “there were no homosexuals” in Iran in response to a question from a student.

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17 Homosexuals Arrested…for Being Homosexual (Dubai)

DUBAI police say they have arrested 17 foreign men for allegedly being gay and wearing women’s clothes in public in the Middle East tourist hub.

The men, who were either working or holidaying in Dubai according to Dubai’s Criminal Investigation Department spokesman Zuhair Horoun, were arrested on Wednesday.

The arrests are part of a local campaign launched in May to stop on displays of transvestism in public places.

A report in Dubai’s Gulf News said that the “cross-dressing tourists” would be deported soon.

“This is against the UAE’s traditions and social values,” said Dubai Police Chief, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim.

Homosexuality is illegal in the strict Muslim city-state.

Dubai has also issued a crack down on topless sunbathing, nudity and other forms of indecent behaviour after a British couple was arrested for allegedly having sex on a beach.

Undercover police have been rostered to patrol beaches and man watchtowers as part of the latest campaign against “indecency”.

Over the past two weeks, police have detained a total of 79 people for “disturbing families enjoying the beach” with their behaviour, said Haroun.