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Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Spain grants man 'gay asylum'


Madrid - In the first case of its kind, the Spanish government has granted political asylum to a homosexual on the grounds of his sexual orientation, press reports said on Wednesday.

Colombian John Jairo Romero, 40, received constant threats and survived an assassination attempt after testifying against three police officers, who were imprisoned for killing homosexual prostitutes.

He had to change addresses constantly and employ bodyguards to protect him.

Romero fled the persecution to Ecuador, where his gay rights activism led to new threats against him.

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