An Iranian courtroom has sentenced to loss of life a person concerned within the murders of the distinguished movie director Dariush Mehrjui and his spouse, the screenwriter Vahideh Mohammadifar. The couple was stabbed to loss of life final October of their residence in Karaj, a city close to Tehran. His daughter monkey found the our bodies within the house, defined the president of the Supreme Court docket of the province of Alborz, Hossein Fazeli-Harikandi.
Three different individuals have been sentenced to jail phrases of between 8 and 36 years for his or her participation in planning and collaborating within the murders, Fazeli-Harikandi confirmed. In Monday’s ruling, printed on the Iranian judiciary’s Mizan web site, the Justice of the Peace states that the 4 defendants confessed after being detained days after the killings.
Fazeli-Harikandi added that the killer, whose identification has not been revealed, was sentenced to loss of life in accordance with Islamic retribution legislation in response to a request made by Mehrjui’s household. The principle perpetrator had beforehand labored for the famend director and held “a grudge in opposition to the deceased for monetary causes,” in line with the France-Press company.
Mehrjui, 83, was thought of one of many founders of Iranian new wave cinema. Skilled in the US, the distinguished filmmaker gained a number of necessary awards and his movies have been properly acquired at worldwide festivals. Though lots of them have been censored in Iran. And he was additionally thought of one of many essential critics of the ayatollah regime.
“If there have been and are 5 famend administrators within the historical past of Iranian cinema, indisputably one in every of them was Dariush Mehrjui,” the favored actor mentioned. Reza Kianian to the newspaper Tehran Instances. His spouse, Mohammadifar, additionally labored on the earth of cinema as a screenwriter and costume designer.