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Mehdi Kazemi granted asylum in UK

May 20, 2008 11:24 PM

After a long battle which has been covered in many national newspapers, DELGA have welcomed the announcement today that Mehdi Kazemi, an Iranian who said he would be killed if returned to his homeland because of his sexual orientation, has at last been granted asylum in the UK.

Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall praised the work that Simon Hughes, Mehdi's local MP, did in pressing the government to intervene when Mehdi's asylum application faced refusal and he was threatened with deportation.