Iranian teenager faces execution for 'false' gay assault charges

Published: August 4, 2010

An 18-year-old Iranian man is facing execution over a false sodomy charge, campaigners say.

Ebrahim Hamidi was sentenced to death two years ago at the age of 16 for an unspecified assault on another man.

Although the allegation was withdrawn and the Iranian Supreme Court has rejected the guilty verdict and execution order, a lower provincial court is insisting on Mr Hamidi’s execution.

Now, his fate lies in the hands of the Supreme Court, which must decided whether to uphold the execution order.

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