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In Iran, a man was sentenced to death for the murder of director Dariush Mehrjui

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In Iran, a man was sentenced to death for the murder of director Dariush Mehrjui

In Iran there was a man condemned to death for the murder of director Dariush Mehrjui and his wife, screenwriter Vahideh Mohammadifar. Mehrjui was 83 years old and had been one of the most important exponents of Iranian cinema of the seventies. The convicted man is a former employee of Mehrjui, who according to the judges had fallen out with the director for financial reasons. Three other people were sentenced to between 8 and 36 years in prison for helping to organize and carry out the murder. All convicted persons will be able to appeal against the sentence.

The man – whose identity was not made public – was sentenced to death on the basis of revenge, an Islamic legal principle that the punishment must be equal to the crime. The application of revenge was requested by Mehrjui’s family.

The director and his wife were stabbed in October in their home, near Tehran, the capital of Iran. Mehrjui had studied cinema in Los Angeles in the early 1960s and in the 1970s he had been one of the exponents of the so-called “new wave” of Iranian cinema. His most famous film is गाव (which means “cow” in Persian, released in 1969), which is about the attachment of a rural villager to his cow.

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