By Matt Baume
A popular Iranian singer could face the death penalty following accusations that he’s gay, according to BBC reporter Ali Hamedani.
The singer in question is Mohsen Lorestani, a resident of the Kurdish province of Kermanshah. While information is limited, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network reports that he has been charged with “corruption on earth,” a charge which carries the death penalty. A lawyer for Lorestani’s lawyer says “the alleged incidents happened in a private chat,” while confirming that the singer could be executed.
Iran News Wire also reported the allegations.
Iran imposes particularly harsh laws regarding homosexuality. Sex outside of marriage is illegal, and although executions are rare, leaked documents in 2008 estimated that several thousand LGBTQ+ people have been killed by authorities since the the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
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