14 March 2008

Iranian Teen May Get Asylum

In an earlier post, I mentioned the Iranian teen who applied for asylum in the UK because he feared being put to death if deported back to Iran.  The Iranian government found out he was gay after interrogating his boyfriend (before they hung him).  After his initial application for asylum was denied, the teen fled to the Netherlands to avoid deportation.  The Netherlands denied his application for asylum on a technicality... because the UK also belongs to the EU and the teen had already applied for asylum with them.

Now, it looks as if the UK may grant the asylum application after all.

"Following representations made on behalf of Mehdi Kazemi, and in the light of new circumstances since the original decision was made, I have decided that Mr. Kazemi's case should be reconsidered on his return to the U.K. from the Netherlands."

Of course, the "new circumstances" are not the details of the teen's story so much... they're that the story is now getting attention.  The original application for asylum already had the facts and denied the application anyway.  If this hadn't gotten the attention it did, this kid could already be on his way to Tehran looking forward to his "day in court".

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