Hassan Ashfar was 17 years old when he was arrested and charged with raping another boy – he claims that the sex was consensual. Two years later, he was executed. Cases like these are always problematic since it’s a “he said – he said” situation but the laws in Iran increase the nature of the problem since gay sex is illegal and punishable by death even if it is consensual. In this case, if the victim/partner would have admitted that he wasn’t raped, he too would have been executed under Iranian law. Even so, the fact that Ashfar was a minor at the time of his “crime”, should save him from being executed by international law. But in Iran, juvenile criminals are sent to jail in order to wait for their 18th birthday which makes them eligible to execution. Amnesty on Ashfar’s trial: “He had no access to a lawyer and the judiciary rushed through the investigation and prosecution, convicting and sentencing him to death within two months of his arrest as though they could not execute him quickly enough”.