Thursday, 13 March 2008

Kazemi: Temporary Reprieve Granted

In a statement made this afternoon, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has announced that Mehdi Kazemi, the gay Iranian man whose asylum claim was rejected despite being in danger of torture and execution if he were returned to Iran, has been given a temporary reprieve from deportation (BBC).

Representations have been made on Kazemi's behalf by Lords, by Simon Hughes (Kazemi's Liberal Democrat MP), and by human rights and gay rights groups. However, this announcement does not mean that this campaign is at an end. The reprieve does not mean that Kazemi has has been granted asylum in the UK, only that his case is to be reconsidered.

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