0203 GMT August 25, 2019
On May 28, Najafi’s second wife Mitra Ostad was found dead at her home in the Sa’adatabad neighborhood in northwestern Tehran with gunshots in the chest, according to IRNA.
A few hours later, the former mayor surrendered himself to the police and confessed to the crime, citing family issues for the murder.
The charge sheet read out in court included murder, assault, battery, and illegal possession of a weapon.
The prosecutor also read out a statement from the former mayor, who claimed his wife once threatened him with a knife during one of their arguments.
Najafi's trial was adjourned until July 17.
Such gun violence is extremely rare in Iran.
Najafi, 67, was elected mayor of Tehran in August 2017, but resigned in April 2018 after coming under criticism for attending a ceremony at which young girls were dancing. However, he cited health reasons for his resignation.
Najafi served as the minister of education and the minister of higher education in various administrations.
He also took the helm at Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) during President Hassan Rouhani’s first term, but resigned after six months.