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Gay Iranian man can challenge his asylum application rejection


The man charges if he returns to Iran he will be persecuted because of his sexuality. A High Court judge has ruled that a 36-year-old gay Iranian man can have his application for asylum reconsidered. The man, who arrived in Ireland in 2007, claims he was raped by the son of an Iranian state police colonel.

After escaping the country, the man arrived in Ireland. He applied for asylum but was denied at first stage and appeal. When he took his case to the High Court, it was decided the Refugee Appeals Tribunal should hear the case.

The tribunal turned down the application. The applicant's lawyers asked the High Court to block this decision.

Justice Colm Mac Eochaidh agreed with the lawyers and the case was sent back to the tribunal. The judge questioned the tribunal's findings the man was not gay.

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