By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JOANNA PARASZCZUK
Under the Iranian legal system, 8 crimes including murder, rape, drug trafficking and sodomy can be capital offenses.
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The Iranian judiciary this week upheld the death penalty for four men convicted of sodomy, according to the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA).
The agency distributes reports in Persian from human rights reporters throughout Iran.
According to the report, the four men – named as Saadat Arefi, Vahid Akbari, Javid Akbari, and Houshmand Akbari, all from the city of Charam in Iran’s remote southeastern province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad – were convicted of sodomy (“lavat” in Farsi).
Lavat refers to male same-sex relations and in Iranian law is defined as “an act of congress between males whether in the form of penetration or the rubbing of thighs.”