LONDON, January 4, 2008 –
Unconfirmed reports coming from Iran suggest that two youths are facing
brutal execution in the southern city of Shiraz.
According to the Iranian official
Quds Daily, two youths, identified as Tayab and Yazdan, had their
execution confirmed by the Supreme Court on Wednesday and regional justices
are preparing the execution.
Also included charged in the same case were four
others who are to receive 100 lashes each.
The ages of the two to be executed are not given,
but they were convicted, according to
Quds, of “kidnapping, mugging and raping two university
students”. The gender of the two students is not
Quds reports that the
executions will be carried out by putting each youth in a sack and throwing
them off the top of a cliff and into a ravine.
This form of execution under
Shariah law is normally reserved for those convicted of gay offences (lavat).
But there is no mention of ‘lavat’ in the Quds report of this case.
If a person survives this
execution, then he is hanged.
Iran’s shari’a-based penal code
defines ‘lavat’ as penetrative and non-penetrative sexual acts between men.
Penetrative sex carries the death penalty, while non-penetrative sexual acts
carry lashes for the first three convictions and then death on the fourth.
Any form of rape should be severely punished.
But execution – and such a barbaric execution?
Would this type of execution have been handed down if the two victims were
There are a lot of unanswered questions. But
whether this is another “gay case” or not, human rights
groups are this weekend trying to get more information.
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Posted: 04 January 2008 at
22:30 (UK time)