Vahid Kiani Motlagh, a 32-year-old Iranian, arrested in France on May 29, is held at the retention center at Saint-Exupery Airport, Lyon, where he risks deportation to Iran. Motlagh, who had lived for a year as an illegal alien in Italy was traveling with his French companion to Belgium where the two had planned to get married.
Iran punishes homosexual acts with imprisonment, torture, and hanging. Based on Islamic law, homosexuals accused of sodomy are arrested without any means for defense. Motlagh, as refugee and asylum seeker, filed a request for humanitarian protection and asylum in Lyon. Italy.