News ID: 256597
Published: 0230 GMT July 30, 2019

Former Tehran mayor sentenced to death for killing wife

Former Tehran mayor sentenced to death for killing wife

A former mayor of Tehran who also served as one of the Iran’s vice presidents was sentenced to death for killing his wife, the Judiciary’s spokesman announced on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Tehran, Gholamhossein Esmaeili said Mohammad Ali Najafi was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

The verdict can be appealed within 20 days.

Najafi appeared in court on July 13 for the first time to stand trial for murdering his wife, Mitra Ostad, with a handgun, according to Tasnim News Agency.

Ostad was found dead at her home in Tehran on May 28 with gunshots in her chest.

A few hours later, the former mayor surrendered himself to the police and confessed to killing his wife.

He has cited family problems for the murder.

Najafi, 67, was elected mayor of Tehran in August 2017, but resigned in April 2018 for what he called poor health conditions.

Affiliated with the ‘reformist’ political parties, Najafi served as the minister of education and minister of higher education in various administrations.

He also took the helm at Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization during President Hassan Rouhani’s first term, but resigned after six months.


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