A film director was murdered and dismembered by his parents in an honour killing after he returned home to Iran, it is claimed.
Babak Khorramdin’s parents confessed to killing him and doing the same to their daughter three years ago and their son-in-law ten years ago, Iranian media reported.
The severed body parts of Mr Khorramdin, who was formerly based in the UK, were found in rubbish bags and a suitcase in aTehran suburb, said police.
He was killed following an argument between him and his father, who was angry that his son wasn’t married at the age of 47, it is alleged.
Mohammad Shahriari, the head of the Tehran Criminal Court, said the father confessed he anaesthetised his son, stabbed him to death, cut up his body and threw the body parts in the rubbish.
Mr Khorramdin’s parents were arrested amid an ongoing investigation.
The father was in handcuffs when the couple appeared in court in Tehran on Wednesday.
In their latest statements to police, the parents confessed to murdering and dismembering their daughter and son-in-law in recent years, the Tasnim News Agency reported.
Bloomberg journalist Golnar Motevalli wrote on Twitter that the father told the court “I feel no remorse at all”.
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Police say they have found evidence of Mr Khorramdin’s murder in the family home in Iran’s capital.
Mr Khorramdin graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran in 2009 with a master’s degree in cinema.
He moved to London in 2010 to continue his film studies and later returned to Iran to teach students.
His credits include a number of short films made in London, including Crevice and Oath to Yashar, which tells the story of a fictional young man’s experience of moving to London to study and missing his family back home.
Jason Brodsky, an analyst and editor at Iran International TV, said: “I think the horrific death of Babak Khorramdin is only the latest example of a long pattern of domestic violence that we have seen in Iran.
“It follows the tragic death of Ali Fazeli Monfared, who was killed by family members after they found out he was gay.
“That is not to mention the case last year of Romina Ashfrafi, a 14-year-old girl who was beheaded by her father in an honour killing.”
He added: “Despite a child protection law being passed in 2020 in Iran, honour killings and domestic violence continue more broadly, and this is an area the international community needs to address with Iran.”