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Swiss Officials to Deport Iranian Gay Man

Swiss Officials to Deport Iranian Gay Man

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A Swiss court Monday decided to deport an Iranian gay man, convicted of trafficking heroin, back to his home country.

The 35-year-old man argued that he could face severe persecution should be forced to return to Iran. The Federal Administrative Tribunal seemed to doubt the man's life would be in jeopardy should he be sent home. The court stated, "In practice, homosexuality is tolerated by the [Iranian] authorities when it is not done openly in view in an offensive manner."

The man argued that things for gays had worsened since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took power in 2005 -- the court said that argument did not hold up because the man had visited Iran two times after 2005.

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