Remember when Iran’s Ahmadinejad said they didn’t have any gays in his country? Well, here’s a reminder of why that is.

In a meeting between Iranian and British parliamentarians a high ranking Iranian politician has for the first time acknowledged that the Islamc state upholds the death penalty for homosexuality according to the minutes of the meeting obtained by The Times newspaper.

Some international gay rights groups believe that more than 4,000 lesbians and gay men have been executed since Ayatollahs seized power in 1979.

During the May meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union British MPs questioned Mohsen Yahyavi a member of his parliament’s energy committee about the reports.

The minutes, The Times reports, show tha tYahyavi responded that gays deserve to be executed or tortured and possibly both.