LONDON, May 20, 2008 – Mehdi
Kazemi, the 20-year-old gay Iranian, who has been trying to get asylum in
the UK for two years, has been granted permission to stay in the United
Mr. Kazemi told
UK Gay News today that he
had received a letter from the Border and Immigration Agency of the Home
Office to say his asylum request had now been granted.
“I am so happy,” he said, adding
that he was grateful to all the help he had been given, especially by Simon
There will be a full statement
UK Gay News
first highlighted the plight of Mehdi Kazemi in April 2007 with a “plea”
written by the then teenager.
He subsequently fled the country
last year, ending up in the Netherlands, from where he was returned to UK at
the beginning of April. The Independent newspaper
took up his cause earlier this year.
Simon Hughes ‘Delighted’ that Mehdi, the Gay Iranian,
Can Stay in UK. Simon
Hughes, the Liberal Democrat MP, said last night that he was “delighted” by
the decision of the Home Office that Mehdi Kazemi, the 20-year-old gay
Iranian could stay in the United Kingdom. (UK Gay News, May 20, 2008)
Iranian Gays Abandoned. By Mehdi.
This article was written by a 19-years-old gay Iranian
who tells how, while he was a student in London, his
boyfriend back home was executed for being gay. Mehdi says he was
scared of returning home and meeting the same fate when his student visa
expired last year – and of his asylum application to the Home Office.
(UK Gay News, April 14, 2007)
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Posted: 20 May 2008 at
14:00 (UK time)
Updated at 23:00