Controversy in Iran after the 8-year prison sentence for a man who beheaded his 17-year-old wife

  • David Gritten
  • BBC News

Mona Haidari

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Reportedly, Mona Haidari had accused her husband of domestic violence before killing her

A court in Iran has sentenced a man who beheaded his 17-year-old wife to eight years in prison.

Pictures of the murderer, named Sajjad Heidari, carrying the head of his wife, Mona, after he cut it off in Ahwaz, after he accused her of what was called an “honor killing” last year, caused widespread anger in Iran.

Iran’s judiciary spokesman, Masoud Staishi, said the leniency in the ruling was because Mona’s father “pardoned” him for the murder rather than seeking retribution.

The victim’s father said, earlier, that he did not give consent to the killing and retribution of his daughter’s killer.

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