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Gay Iranian teen loses asylum appeal

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Iranian teenager loses appeal to remain in the Netherlands

19-year-old had sought asylum in UK but is to be sent home

Mehdi Kazemi says he will face persecution in his homeland.
(CNN) -- The Netherlands has rejected an asylum plea by a gay Iranian teenager trying to escape possible persecution in his homeland.

Mehdi Kazemi believes he will face persecution if he is made to return to Iran.

Mehdi Kazemi, 19, had originally sought asylum in Britain, where he was taking classes on a student visa, because, he said, his boyfriend had been executed in Iran after saying he and Kazemi had been in a gay relationship. Britain's Home Office rejected his request, prompting Kazemi to flee to Netherlands.

Tuesday's decision by the Council of State -- the highest administrative court in the Netherlands --means Kazemi could face deportation to Britain, which he fears

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Added: Mar-12-2008 
By: bellava
Iran, News, Middle East
Tags: Gay, Iranian, teen, loses, asylum, appeal
Location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (load item map)
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