Iran’s chief justice frees gay teen, Iran kills him anyway

posted at 10:25 pm on December 6, 2007 by Allahpundit

Via Bill Amos, the latest in a continuing series of why there are no gays in Iran. This one has added nuance: Instead of the usual “gay teen falsely accused of rape to justify execution,” here the rape and homosexuality might both be trumped up to warrant killing him for yet a third reason. As in any good Kafka story, no one’s ever really sure of the charges.

“This is a shameful and outrageous travesty of justice and international human rights law,” said Paula Ettelbrick, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, one of a number of human rights watchdogs that had focused attention on the case. Just last month, Ettelbrick had labeled the reversal of the young man’s death sentence a “stunning victory for human rights and a reminder of the power of global protest.”…

Hossein Alizadeh, a spokesman for the gay and lesbian rights group, said the execution appeared to have been hurriedly carried out by local authorities to avoid further interference by Ayatollah Seyed Mahmoud Hashemi Sharudi, Iran’s chief justice. It was Sharudi, in the wake of a lengthy appeal from Eghbali and growing international pressure, who ruled Nov. 10 that the trial and sentencing of Mouloodzadeh violated Iranian law and Islamic teachings.

Mouloodzadeh was convicted at a closed trial in June of numerous acts of rape and sodomy that allegedly occurred when he was 13, charges that were initiated by an angry cousin. Homosexuality is punishable by death in Iran, but only under a strict legal protocol, and the alleged sex partners and rape victims all later denied the charges against Mouloodzadeh. But the trial judge used a legal maneuver to find Mouloodzadeh guilty and sentence him to death anyway. Some observers believe the case was really rooted in retaliation for anti-government political activity by relatives of the defendant.

Hangings are usually done in public but they kept this one hush-hush so that the courts wouldn’t find out.

Exit question: Progress, of a sort, in that the courts did their best?

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B-But! There are no homosexuals in Iran! It is a Western phenomenon! Their President wouldn’t lie to us!

Damian G. on December 6, 2007 at 10:32 PM

Looks just like Achmadinejad!

And now he’s gone.

That sucks.

profitsbeard on December 6, 2007 at 10:34 PM

Isn’t Dinnerjacket canvassing for votes now? Offing this poor SOB probably raised his street cred.

Limerick on December 6, 2007 at 10:35 PM

I hope the lesbo KosKid with the crush on Mahmoud feels proud about that article she wrote when she reads stories like this. Funny how conservative blogs will get up and arms about the treatment of homosexuals in Iran and other Muslim states, but on lefty blogs, NADA.

RW Wacko on December 6, 2007 at 10:37 PM

Where is all that international outrage?

Where is that gay general that has nothing better to do but attack a sensible policy for the military?

Where are all those people who are out there in “gay pride” events?

Just asking. It’s clear that the pro-sodomy crowd is only interested in effecting change around the fringes instead of dealing with real “intolerance.” They are cowards.

highhopes on December 6, 2007 at 10:38 PM

Could this be a signal that the homosexual political activist set are going to start putting some sparkle energy towards dealing with terrorist nations that hang other homosexuals, and maybe take some of their energy used towards revenge tactics against the Boy Scouts of America, and put it towards a good cause?

Nah!!!!!!

Hening on December 6, 2007 at 10:38 PM

Hmmmmmmm, me thinks this may be the spark that causes outrage from the left about Iran.

conservnut on December 6, 2007 at 10:39 PM

Gay rights movement response……(crickets)

RobCon on December 6, 2007 at 10:40 PM

And the View says he should have known he was in an Islamic country.

Limerick on December 6, 2007 at 10:41 PM

Is the NIE going to be saying Iran doesn’t kill gays?

SouthernGent on December 6, 2007 at 10:41 PM

Wonder how this will be Bush’s fault in the end?

Defector01 on December 6, 2007 at 10:45 PM

Exit answer: not according to the young man who was hanged unjustly.

But, yes. This may be a brief glimpse at the thin edge of a long wedge to split this thugocracy.

locomotivebreath1901 on December 6, 2007 at 10:57 PM

For those who give no mercy, none should be given.

MB4 on December 6, 2007 at 11:02 PM

Amnesty International is all over it.

Entelechy on December 6, 2007 at 11:08 PM

They are a little over it, with a different spelling.

Entelechy on December 6, 2007 at 11:10 PM

People being executed for being gay. Where is the outrage from liberals? What say you, Huffington Post? What say you, MoveOn? What say you, Media Matters? What say you, Daily Kos?

SoulGlo on December 6, 2007 at 11:28 PM

Hmm so he was a Kurd ? Explains the political dimentions of this case

William Amos on December 6, 2007 at 11:29 PM

Jenna Bush should be waterboarded!

Right Mr. King?

profitsbeard on December 6, 2007 at 11:37 PM

And the View says he should have known he was in an Islamic country.

Limerick on December 6, 2007 at 10:41 PM

good one

tlynch001 on December 6, 2007 at 11:41 PM

Wonder how this will be Bush’s fault in the end?

Defector01 on December 6, 2007 at 10:45 PM

Trutherfully, because he was born.

soundingboard on December 7, 2007 at 12:28 AM

Well, we all know that the real oppression of gays is when they can’t get married in Alabama.

Farmer_Joe on December 7, 2007 at 1:57 AM

Where is that gay general that has nothing better to do but attack a sensible policy for the military?

Why is it a sensible policy?

I’m tempted to say ‘just asking’ but I’m trying to hold back on the snark and genuinely want to know why you think it’s a ‘sensible’ policy

Reaps on December 7, 2007 at 6:36 AM

Jenna Bush should be waterboarded!

Right Mr. King?

Mr. King is the deep pockets of socialism in Maine. Along with other money that pours into a poor state from radical Liberal causes, his loony wife fronts all sorts of projects including a shelter for runaways that is a magnet for drug dealers, bad kids, and sexual predators.

With all of their wealth and fame, their own kids are tragic examples of poor parenting touting existentialism on steroids.

Mr. King should stick to promoting evil (including political hacks like Governor Baldacci) for the sake of large cash rewards while keeping his yap zipped when it comes to the real world and parents that actually “parent” their children

Hening on December 7, 2007 at 8:04 AM

Exit question: Progress, of a sort, in that the courts did their best?

I’d be tempted to say “yes”, but since the court decision was totally ignored…and I’ll guess this isn’t (or won’t be) an isolated case…I’d have to say “no”.

Gay rights movement response……(crickets)

RobCon on December 6, 2007 at 10:40 PM

Read the first sentence of the excerpt above.

JetBoy on December 7, 2007 at 8:27 AM

Smart, devious, evil, but still smart move: Government criticized? Claim your critic’s gay and kill him.

Tzetzes on December 7, 2007 at 8:38 AM

The left* screams their insatiable outrage in 3…2…1…oh, wait; that’s right. The left hates Bush more than the Islamo-Nazi Theocracy of Iran.

*Note: I refuse to call them the “pro-gay left”, since I don’t know a lot of people who hate gays, or would think of themselves as “anti-gay”. They’re the anti-American left, more than anything else.

Jaibones on December 7, 2007 at 8:46 AM

I wonder where Roger Cohen of the New York Times is today. Cohen is one of the ultraliberals from the 1960s who saves all of his outrage for the US and Israel. Only last week, Cohen wrote of how he was ashamed of Israel and how he identifies with the Palestinians. Cohen wrote that Israel has a horrendous human rights record and he wrote how Israel embarrassed him. Yet, I think it is a certainty that Cohen (and others at the Times like Dowd, Kristof and Anthony Lewis, if he is still around) will never show any outrage at Iran executing someone for the “crime” of being gay. For Cohen and his colleagues at the Times, they have so much invested in their narrative of evil Israel and evil America that they can never let facts get in the way of their worldview that they developed in the 1960s when they were young and that they were actually important.

Larraby on December 7, 2007 at 10:15 AM

What I don’t get is Islam’s problems with homosexuality on one side and on the other it’s total acceptance and pervasive male on male paedophilia.

How many times in Iraq did I hear, “Women are for making babies, men (and especially boys) are for fun.”

Answer: All the freakin’ time.

thomashton on December 7, 2007 at 11:15 AM

Luckily, I censored myself before I would get booted.
But it had to do with sending Code Pink to demonstrate in Iran. They would LOOK gay to Iranian clerics and…’nuff said.

Doug on December 7, 2007 at 11:30 AM

I’m sure it was a peaceful islamic execution, so quit whining…besides, if he wasn’t really gay, why would the…

Aw fark it, I can’t keep that BS up…nuke ‘em from orbit, only way to be sure

Ochlan on December 7, 2007 at 11:46 AM

It obviously helps to be a murdering animal if you want to join their religion of peace.

leanright on December 7, 2007 at 1:58 PM