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By Christian Taylor
Oct 15 2009
A gay man who was assaulted by two girls close to Trafalgar Square has died in hospital. BBC reports that 62-year-old Ian Baynham was punched and kicked to the ground on September 25, his death caused by head injuries. His life support was switched off on October 13.
A 30-year-old man who was with him also suffered minor injuries.
Police said that Bayman and his friend were verbally abused by a woman when they got off a bus late one night in Central London. When Bayman went to reason with her he was attacked by her and her two friends, a man and another woman.
UK paper The Sun reports that the two blonde teenage girls screamed homophobic insults while kicking him as he lay helpless. CCTV footage shows them laughing after the attack.
Detective Chief Inspector Alexis Boon told The Sun, “This was a vicious homophobic attack on two men who had done nothing more than come into central London to enjoy a night out and were verbally abused and assaulted within minutes of getting off the bus.”
Police have launched a murder inquiry and are appealing for information, screening CCTV footage of the incident in an effort to track down the two women.
“This was an isolated incident but the three suspects may have been abusive to members of the public earlier on in the evening,” said Boon.
Iranian Executed For Gay Sex
On October 6, 2009, Rahim Mohammadi was executed in Tabriz, a city in northwest Iran, after being convicted of sexual abuse and rape during sexual relations between males (a homosexual act called Lavat).
According to Rahim’s lawyer, Mr. Mohammad Mostafayi, there was not enough evidence presented to the court to prove such accusations; the court nevertheless decided that once a person is convicted of Lavat, he must be executed.
Mostafayi, who had not been informed of the court’s decision once it was handed down — and was only contacted after his client Rahim had been executed — wrote a letter of further explanation to the authorities.
“Rahim Mohammadi was first arrested for blackmail in June 2008; over the years, due to financial problems, he had used his wife to seduce men, inviting them to their house in order for them to have sex with her. He would record the encounters on tape and use these tapes to blackmail them.
There was no witness or evidence to prove that Rahim had committed a homosexual act; a complainant who had claimed that he’d been raped by Rahim withdrew the charges,” says Mostafayi. In Iran, in the case of an accusation of Lavat (based on the Islamic punishment code stated here), even if there are no witnesses or evidence, the judge can decide at his own discretion to condemn the accused.
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