A “Disturbing Element”

Disturbing indeed. The government of Iran appears to have executed another gay man in its ongoing campaign of persecution against gays and lesbians. The report from Iranian state news agency IRNA, translated and posted by the Persian Gay & Lesbian Organization, is worth reproducing here in full for its android-like Islamo-fascist tone:

A Delinquent Person was Executed in Kermanshah

IRNA: Tuesday, Nov 14, 2006

Shahab Darvishsi, a delinquent person was executed in the Azadi Square of Kermanshah on Tuesday evening.

According to the Communications Department of the Justice Department of the Kermanshah Province, the above-mentioned was found guilty [ by the court of law] of forming a coterie of corruption rings, physical assaults , and the despicable act of sodomy.

According to this report, his death sentence was issued by the Second Court of the town of Sahneh. The verdict was upheld by the Second Appeal Court of Kermanshah and the Twenty Seventh Branch of the Supreme Court.


Hundreds of Kermanshah’s residents were present at the scene of the execution. They were supportive of the Judicial System’s decision and called for adopting a tough stance against criminals and disturbing elements.

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One Comment on “A “Disturbing Element””

  1. […] The Guardian reports today that dozens of literary masterpieces and international bestsellers have been banned in Iran. Perhaps this comes as no surprise. Iran is, after all, a repressive theocracy in which men are executed for the “crime” of homosexuality. But apparently this is indicative of a a broader cultural freeze being orchestrated from the smelly office of Dinner Jacket and his mendacious cohorts. It is starving the Iranian publishing industry (or at least those, one can reasonably surmise, who have not seen fit to use all their ink to print hagiographies of the Iranian president). As The Guardian story notes, “The rise in book censorship mirrors repression in other spheres.”The intensified clampdown is apparently being orchestrated by Mohammed Hossein Saffar Harandi, a former revolutionary guard and close ally of Dinner Jacket. […]

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