Film director’s body parts found in suitcase outside home after ‘honour killing’

A London-based film director has reportedly been murdered and dismembered by his Iranian parents in an honour killing row over not getting married.

Babak Khorramdin, 47, was sedated and cut into pieces which were discovered in bins and a suitcase on Sunday after he returned from living in London, reported.

His father confessed to the killing after he and his wife were arrested in Ekbatan, west Tehran, according to Rokna news agency.

He reportedly said: “Because of the disputes we had, I sedated him this morning (Sunday) by giving him anaesthetics, then stabbed him to death. Then I dismembered his body and threw it in the nearest trash can on the street with my wife."

Tehran’s Police Station 135 found evidence of the murder whilst searching the family home, it was reported.

Tributes from friends who knew Mr Khorramdin through his work and studies in UK cinema have been pouring in.

He moved to London a year after graduating from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran in 2009 with a master's degree in cinema.

He studied film in the capital and had returned to Iran to teach the subject to his countryfolk when he was killed.

Iran International TV said the honour killing "has shocked the country".

It comes after Ali Fazeli Monfared, 20, was allegedly beheaded by his brother and cousin after they discovered he was gay in Iran.

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Its Middle East Analyst and Editor Jason Brodsky 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.

“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.”

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A spokesman for the TV channel said: "A rise in domestic violence and family homicides have also been noted under the pandemic as many are spending more time with relatives at home.

"The increase in domestic abuse and violence is mostly unnoticed in Iran, leading to a more difficult situation for officials to properly treat each incident.

"Most recently, the kidnapping and beheading of Ali Fazeli Monfared by his parents due to his sexual orientation sparked international outcry."

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