14-Year-Old Reportedly Hanged For Being Gay At Summer Camp In Iran

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The 2007 execution of Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni (Photo: ISNA/Wikimedia)

A 14-year-old boy was allegedly hanged from a tree at an Islamic boys’ camp in Isfahan, Iran, after the camp’s cleric accused him of being gay.

The mullah apparently informed the other campers that the teenager, Akbar Zargarzadeh, was “deserving of death” because of his sexuality.

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Journalist Amir Taheri, a New York Times contributor, first tweeted about the news yesterday.

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While the incident has not been confirmed by LGBT groups, homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment, and sometimes execution, in Iran.

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In 2005, 16-year-old Mahmoud Asgari and 18-year-old Ayaz Marhoni were publicly hanged in Edalat Square in Mashad, Iran, for being homosexuals. The two were convicted of raping a 13-year-old boy, though numerous LGBT groups maintain they were killed for having consensual gay sex.

h/t: Gay Star News