Iranian gay Mehdi Kazemi made a last ditch effort to save his hide yesterday.
The 19-year old remains in The Netherlands after delaying his deportation to Britain, which will likely send him back to Iran. Kazemi moved to England in 2004 for university and claims he intended to leave, but stayed after the Iranian government executed his boyfriend.
The British government planned to kick Kazemi out, but the teen hopped off to The Netherlands, which has a moratorium on deporting endangered gays.
Kazemi’s case gets a bit complicated, however, when you consider Europe’s Dublin Treaty. That measure stipulates that asylum cases must be tried in the nation where the subject applied, which would be England for Kazemi.
He’s hoping, however, that British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith will take pity on him. In a letter sent yesterday, Kazemi again reiterates that he fears for his life and that he should be punished for his natural attractions.
The British government won’t comment on specific cases, but insists they “will not remove anyone who we believe is at risk on their return.”