Spain grants asylum to South American gay
June 03, 2004
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 Wednesday.
John Jairo Romero
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
He had to change addresses constantly and employ bodyguards to
Romero fled the persecution to Ecuador, where his gay rights
activism led to new threats against him.
Romero settled in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia in 2001.
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialist government, which ousted
the conservative government in the March elections, granted him
political asylum. – Sapa-dpa
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