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Two More LGBT+ Iranians Sentenced to Death

September 14, 2022
OstanWire
1 min read
The two new defendants were sentenced to death by Urmia Revolutionary Court for "corruption on earth"
The two new defendants were sentenced to death by Urmia Revolutionary Court for "corruption on earth"

Two more LGBT+ people have been sentenced to death in Iran for "corruption on earth", according to the judiciary's official news agency Mizan.

The agency published a new article on Wednesday about the case of Zahra Sedighi-Hamedani, known as Sareh, who has been on death row since early September together with another woman named Elham Chudar.

Sareh, a mother-of-two and aspiring singer who had spoken to BBC Persian and others about the experience of growing up queer in the region, was arrested last October on the Turkish border.

The IRGC later accused Sareh and supposed accomplices, without evidence, of running a trafficking gang. You can read her story so far in our exclusive report published earlier today.

According to Mizan, two more defendants, named Soheila Mortezaie and Alireza Farjad-Kia, have now also been handed the death penalty in connection with the same csae. The report claimed they had "deceived and then trafficked young women to a country in the region".

Mortezaei was also accused of supporting the "organized corrupt gang" under cover of working in a women's beauty shop. Like the other defendants, little information about who she really is or the basis of the case against her is available so far.

 

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