After returning from London to his homeland of Iran, a 47-year-old film director was murdered and dismembered by his parents, according to police.
Babak Khorramdin’s body was discovered in Ekbatan, a planned neighborhood in West Tehran, on Sunday, chopped up in bins and in a suitcase.
According to Iran Wire, a quarrel had erupted between the father and son over Babak’s single status.
According to Rokna News Agency, the parents admitted to murdering their son and dumping his body. They have admitted to killing their daughter and son-in-law in the past. Both have been taken into custody.
According to the department, Babak Khorramdin’s father, Akbar, described the crime as follows:
“Because of our disagreements, I gave him anesthetics and then stabbed him to death this morning [Sunday]. Then, with my wife’s support, I dismembered his body and tossed it in the nearest trash can on the street.”
After killing his son, Akbar Khorramdin allegedly took his body to the bathroom with the assistance of his wife, where it was cut up and thrown in a suitcase and three trash cans.
Khorramdin’s body was discovered in bins and a suitcase on Ekbatan’s Nafisi Street before police searched his family home and discovered evidence of his murder. The investigation is still ongoing.
Before moving to London for several years, Babak Khorramdin earned a master’s degree in film from Tehran University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. Later, he went back to Iran to teach film.
Crevice, Hole, and Oath to Yashar, which tells the story of a young man who travels to London and misses his parents back home, are among the director’s features and short films.
Colleagues in the film industry were taken aback by the news. On Instagram, filmmaker and critic Parviz Jahed wrote: “Babak was a filmmaker, and I met him frequently in London’s cultural and artistic circles a few years ago. I had heard that he missed his family and had returned to Iran, but now I’ve learned of this terrible news, and I’m speechless. What a terrible time it was.”
The news comes just weeks after another so-called “honor killing” in Iran made headlines around the world.
Alireza (Ali) Fazeli Monfared, a 20-year-old Iranian, was reportedly murdered by three male relatives on May 4 after they discovered he had been exempted from military service due to his sexual orientation.
Monfared, a native of Ahvaz in south-west Iran, was reportedly killed after his family received a letter from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps stating that he had been exempted from serving in the military for two years due to his sexual orientation.