U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement Tuesday urging Iran not to carry out a planned execution of 18-year-old Ebrahim Hamidi, who was convicted of committing homosexual acts.
According to a report in the Guardian, Hamidi was convicted even though he had no legal representation. His lawyer was recently forced to flee Iran after authorities detained some of his family members. After his conviction, Hamidi’s accuser recanted his testimony, but authorities are reportedly planning to carry out a death sentence anyway.
Iran has drawn condemnation before for hanging youths convicted of homosexual acts.