Good news on Iran asylum case


by Rumbold
16th February, 2009 at 11:55 am    

It is good that Jacqui Smith has decided to act humanely:

“A lesbian who fled Iran after her girlfriend was arrested and sentenced to death in Tehran has won her battle to be granted asylum in Britain.

Supporters of Pegah Emambakhsh, 41, who claimed she would be executed if she was deported back to her homeland, welcomed the Government’s change of heart last night after their hard-fought, four-year campaign.

Ms Emambakhsh came to the UK in 2005 fearing for her life, but last year she lost a court battle to stay in this country. Following a high-profile campaign involving gay rights groups, MPs and The Independent, the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, agreed to reconsider her case.”

However, it does rather contradict her previous statement, made in June last year, that homosexuals could safely be deported back to Iran provided that they didn’t flaunt their sexuality once returned.


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  1. Sunny — on 16th February, 2009 at 2:15 pm  

    good stuff!

  2. blah — on 16th February, 2009 at 8:00 pm  

    Though Ms Emambakhsh case is undoubtedly a true one the “im a homosexual get me out of there” ruse is also being picked up by bogus applicants too who are not.

    Another popular one is apostasy. I had an Afghani aquantaince applying for asylum here at the time of the AbduRahman case who was told by his lawyer how excellent this was and how he could claim asylum easily by saying he;d converted to Christianity, He though was a good Muslim and was appaled at even pretending such a thing.

    On a personal note , as a heterosexual male the discovery of Iranian lesbians is a tragic thing as Persian women are so exceptionally beautiful :)

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