Film director murdered and dismembered 'by parents angry he wasn't married yet'

A film director was murdered and dismembered by his parents in an honor killing after returning home to Iran.

Babak Khorramdin’s parents confessed to killing him three years ago and doing the same to their daughter and son-in-law ten years ago, Iranian media reported.

The severed body parts of Mr Khorramdin, a former UK resident, were found in trash bags and a suitcase in suburban Tehran, police said.

He was killed after an argument between himself and his father, who was furious that his son was not married at the age of 47.

Mohammad Shahriari, the head of Tehran’s criminal court, said the father confessed that he drugged his son, stabbed him, cut his body and threw the body parts in the trash.

Mr. Khorramdin’s parents were arrested as part of an ongoing investigation.

The father was handcuffed when the couple appeared in court in Tehran on Wednesday.

In their latest statements to the police, the parents confessed to having murdered and dismembered their daughter and son-in-law in recent years, Tasnim news agency reported.

Bloomberg journalist Golnar Motevalli wrote on Twitter that the father had told the court, “I feel no remorse at all”.

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Police say they found evidence of Mr. Khorramdin’s murder in the family home in the Iranian capital.

Mr. Khorramdin graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Tehran University in 2009 with a master’s degree in cinema.

In 2010 he moved to London to continue his film studies and later returned to Iran to teach students.

His credits include a number of short films shot in London, including Crevice and Oath to Yashar, which tell the story of a fictional young man who moved to London to study and miss his family at home.

Ali Fazeli Monfared

Jason Brodsky, analyst and editor at Iran International TV, said: “I think the terrible death of Babak Khorramdin is just the latest example of a long pattern of domestic violence that we have seen in Iran.

“This is followed by the tragic death of Ali Fazeli Monfared, who was killed by family members after they found out he was gay.

“Not to mention Romina Ashfrafi, a 14-year-old girl who was beheaded by her father in an honor killing.”

He added: “Despite a 2020 child protection law in Iran, honor killings and domestic violence are becoming more common and this is an area that the international community needs to discuss with Iran.”

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