The mother of Babak Khorramdin, a filmmaker whose grisly murder sent shockwaves through Iran last year, has been sentenced to just 3.75 years in prison after admitting to helping her husband kill and dimember their son.
Iran Mousavi Sani, 75, and her husband Akbar Khorramdin, 81, admitted to killing their 47-year-old son last May after parts of his body were found in a dumpster in Ekbatan, a suburb of Tehran.
They later claimed to have also killed a missing daughter, Arezoo, and son-in-law, Faramarz, in 1990 and 1997, and to have left their bodies scattered in different parts of Tehran, saying all three of their victims had been "morally corrupt".
On Thursday a judge in Branch 3 of Tehran Criminal Verdict sentenced Mousavi Sani to 45 month in prison for assisting in premeditated murder. In the last session of her defense, Mousavi had said: "I had to cooperate with my husband because I was afraid."
Akbar Khorramdin died of late-stage cancer during the criminal investigation phase. In early interrogations he had been unrepentant, saying his son had "brought home female students" and was refusing to move out of the family home. Babak, a documentary filmmaker and cinema teacher, had lived in England before moving back home to take up a position at Karaj University.
"We decided to kill him," his father said. "My wife poured a lot of sleeping pills into Babak's food, and when my son was half-unconscious, I stabbed him to death... “I’m relieved. I no longer have any worries in my life.”