An Iranian court docket has sentenced a person to demise over the killing of famend filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui and his spouse months in the past at their house close to Tehran, the judiciary mentioned Monday.
Mehrjui, an 83-year-old director related to the Iranian new wave of cinema, was stabbed to demise alongside together with his spouse Vahideh Mohammadifar in October at their house in Karaj, west of the Iranian capital.
The convicted killer, who was arrested days after the assault, was a former worker of Mehrjui who “had a grudge towards the deceased as a consequence of monetary points,” the chief justice of Alborz province, Hossein Fazeli-Harikandi, mentioned beforehand.
Three others have been charged within the case over their roles in planning and aiding the homicide, he added.
On Monday, the Judiciary’s Mizan On-line web site mentioned the court docket sentenced the killer to demise in accordance with the Islamic legislation of retribution, often known as the “qisas” legislation.
He was discovered responsible of the “premeditated homicide of Mehrjui and Mohammadifar”, Mizan quoted Fazeli-Harikandi as saying.
He added that the appliance of the retribution legislation got here on the request of Mehrjui’s household.
The opposite defendants acquired sentences starting from eight to 36 years in jail, in keeping with Fazeli-Harikandi.
The verdicts, nonetheless, will not be remaining and could be appealed earlier than the Supreme Courtroom, Mizan added.
Following Mehrjui’s demise, tributes poured in to rejoice the works of the pioneer director, producer and screenwriter, who throughout his six-decade profession was confronted by censorship each earlier than and after the Islamic revolution of 1979.
The director was finest identified for his 1969 metaphorical drama “The Cow” in addition to his 1990 darkish comedy “Hamoun” exhibiting 24 hours within the lifetime of an mental stricken by divorce and psychological anxieties.
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