Babak Khorramdin’s body was found in rubbish bags and a suitcase in Tehran
Former London-based Iranian film director Babak Khorramdin has been murdered in an alleged honour killing by his parents, according to police, with his remains found in rubbish bags.
According to reports, the 47-year-old was killed over his unmarried status, following an alleged argument with his parents.
The body of the director – who is known for helming short films including Crevice and Hole – was found in rubbish bags and a suitcase in Ekbatan, wester Tehran, on Sunday.
Head of the Tehran Criminal Court, Mohammad Shahriari, said Khorramdin’s father Akbar has admitted to anaesthetising his son before stabbing him, chopping up his body and throwing his remains in the rubbish.
Both parents have been arrested and his father appeared in court on Wednesday while an investigation is carried out. It’s also been reported police found evidence of the murder in the family home.
Rokna News Agency reported Khorramdin’s father said of the crime: ‘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.’
It was reported Akbar Khorramdin said that after killing his son, his wife helped him move the body to the bathroom, where it was cut into pieces and thrown in a suitcase and three trash cans.
After confessing to Khorramdin’s murder, Iran news reports Akbar Khorramdin also admitted to killing his daughter three years ago and son-in-law 10 years ago in other apparent honour killings.
According to Tasnim News, he said (translated to English): ‘Those I killed had a high level of moral corruption.’
Khorramdin graduated with a master’s degree in cinema from the University of Tehran’s Faculty of Fine Arts in 2009, before he moved to London for several years. He eventually returned to Iran to teach film to students.
While in London he also made the short film Oath to Yashar, which tells the story of a young man who moves to London and misses his parents back home.
Many have reacted to Khorramdin’s horrific death on social media, with Jason Brodsky, a Middle East analyst and editor at Iran International TV, telling Daily Mail: ‘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 honor killing.’
He added: ‘This is an area the international community needs to address with Iran.’
Parviz Jahed, a filmmaker and critic, also reportedly wrote in a tribute: ‘Babak was a filmmaker, and a few years ago I often met him in London’s cultural and artistic circles. I heard that he missed his family and had returned to Iran, and now I saw this horrible news, and I cannot believe it. What a dreadful time.’
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