A gay teenager denied claims that he raped a boy, and he was still executed in Arak, Iran for his alleged sexual acts.
Hassan Afshar, 19, was the first juvenile alleged sex offender this year to be hung in Arak’s Prison in Markazi Province, Amnesty International reported.
Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Program Director, said, “Iran has proved that its sickening enthusiasm for putting juveniles to death, in contravention of international law, knows no bounds.”
Afshar reportedly forced male anal intercourse on an unidentified person two years ago and was arrested then sentenced to death two months later.
During his two-month trial without legal representation, the 19-year-old claimed that the sexual acts were consensual and that the victim willingly agreed to past sexual activity, according to The Independent.
Under Iranian federal law, homosexual activity is illegal and one of the punishments for the illegal act is death.
LGBT activists insinuated that Afshar was executed by Iran authorities for being gay.
The teenager was executed at an Iranian prison in private without his family’s awareness.
Last year, more than 1,000 people were executed in Iran, Amnesty International reported.
It’s baffling that the Iranian court system didn’t give this teenager a fair trial and instead decided to immediately charge him and have him executed.
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