Iran Stunned by Couple Drugged and Dismembered Son Affair | Iran
An Iranian couple have been arrested for drugging, murdering and dismembering their filmmaker son, Babak Khorramdin, 47, and also confessed to killing their daughter and son-in-law in the same manner years earlier.
The case stunned Iran, where it made headlines with headlines such as “Society in Shock” and “Occupants of Terrorism House”.
It has also sparked intense discussions on social media about a legal system that offers relative leniency to parents who kill offspring. Murder is generally a crime punishable by the death penalty in Iran, but those who kill their children face a maximum of 10 years in prison.
However, Khorramdin’s parents still face the death penalty if they are tried for the murder of their son-in-law.
The filmmaker’s murder was discovered in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Police were called to the Tehran suburb of Ekbatan after someone spotted human body parts in a trash can, local media reported, citing Judge Mohammad Shahriari, head of Tehran’s criminal court.
Police found human remains, including two hands, and used fingerprints to identify the victim. They then went to Khorramdin’s parents.
Iran Khorramdin, 74, and Akbar Khorramdin, 81, told police they used sleeping pills to stun their son before suffocating and stabbing him, and cutting his body off. Hamshahri newspaper reported.
After being taken into custody, the couple confessed to also killing their son-in-law 10 years earlier, and their daughter three years ago, in the same manner. Part of the discussion of the case on social media focused on why the couple’s disappearance had not been investigated.
“Regardless of what the father claims to be fair or not, it is clear that the police neglected not to investigate the fate of two missing persons (her daughter Arezo and her husband),” journalist Maziar Khosravi said on Twitter. .
The parents claimed to have killed the son-in-law because he was violent, murdered their daughter because she had become a drug addict and targeted their son because he was single and had relations with students, according to Hussein Rahimi, a chief of Tehran police, quoted in newspapers.
During the hearing, Akbar told Hamshahri reporters that he had no regrets. “I don’t regret what I did with my wife’s cooperation. They were corrupt and I thank God.
Akbar recounted how Babak’s mother initially drugged him. “It was Friday night when his mother cooked chicken and poisoned him to make him unconscious, but he didn’t eat and went to his room and slept, so we put the food in the fridge. He woke up the next day and ate this, ”Akbar said.
After her son passed out, around 5 pm Akbar “tied his feet to a chair, then put a black plastic bag over his head, then stabbed him several times.” They carried the body to the bathroom, cut it into pieces, put the body parts in three suitcases and distributed them all over town, he said.
Court officials said the parents appeared largely sane, but needed to investigate further. They are also reportedly investigating whether other family members may be missing under suspicious circumstances.
Film students paid tribute to Babak Khorramdin, with reading a message: “Goodbye, the nicest teacher in the world … film students.”
Neighbors gathered in front of the family home to sing mourning songs.