Iran has given the world another outrage in its enforcement of the medieval Islamic Sharia law. The victim was Hassan Afshar, 19, who was hanged for what the Sharia court called “forced male-to-male anal intercourse.” Afshar insisted that that the sex was consensual, though in Iran you can also be executed for simply being homosexual — as we have previously discussed.
Afshar and two other adolescents were accused in December 2014 of forcing a teenage boy to have sex. Afshar was still a high school student and aged 17 at the time.
He was reportedly denied access to a lawyer and he was tried and sentenced to death in just two months — a ridiculous period for a death penalty case.
One estimate puts Iranian executions of gays and lesbians at between 4,000 to 6,000 gays and lesbians from the start of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 to 2008.
It is worth noting that our close ally Saudi Arabia also executes people for being homosexuals and funds the spread of Wahhabi teachings that support such Sharia executions.