News ID: 124584
Publish Date : 12 February 2024 - 21:51

Court Sentences Man to Death Over Killing of Mehrjui, Wife

TEHRAN -- An Iranian court has sentenced a man to death over the killing of renowned filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui and his wife months ago at their home near Tehran, the judiciary said Monday.
Mehrjui, an 83-year-old director associated with the Iranian new wave of cinema, was stabbed to death along with his wife Vahideh Muhammadifar in October at their home in Karaj, west of the Iranian capital.
The convicted killer, who was arrested days after the attack, was a former employee of Mehrjui who “had a grudge against the deceased due to financial issues,” the chief justice of Alborz province, Hussein Fazeli-Harikandi, said previously.
Three others were charged in the case over their roles in planning and assisting the murder, he added.
On Monday, the Judiciary’s Mizan Online website said the court sentenced the killer to death in accordance with the Islamic law of retribution, known as the “qisas” law.
He was found guilty of the “premeditated murder of Mehrjui and Muhammadifar”, Mizan quoted Fazeli-Harikandi as saying.
He added that the application of the retribution law came at the request of Mehrjui’s family.
The other defendants received sentences ranging from eight to 36 years in prison, according to Fazeli-Harikandi.
The verdicts, however, are not final and can be appealed before the Supreme Court, Mizan added.
Following Mehrjui’s death, tributes poured in to celebrate the works of the pioneer director, producer and screenwriter.
The director was best known for his 1969 metaphorical drama “The Cow” as well as his 1990 dark comedy “Hamoun” showing 24 hours in the life of an intellectual tormented by divorce and psychological anxieties.