Filed under: 2007, Asile, Asylum, Barbara Pollastrini, Charia, Emambakhsh, Pegah, Pegah Emambakhsh, Prodi
24th August 2007 12:50
A spokesperson for Italian government has confirmed that they will grant ayslum to a lesbian woman due to be deported from the UK to Iran.
Pegah Emambakhsh is currently being detained by British officials and she is scheduled for repatriation on Tuesday.
Her sexual orientation and her past life in Iran may lead to her being executed.
Even if she is not sentenced to death, she is likely to be prosecuted and tortured by Iran’s religious officials.
Punishment for sexual intercourse among lesbians in Iran is 100 lashes and in case of recidivity, execution.
Italian equal opportunties minister Barbara Pollastrini has Italy’s prime minister Romano Prodi’s support over granting asylum to Emambakhsh, a ministry spokesman told news website Adnkronos International (AKI).
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