Film Director Murdered and Dismembered by Family After Marriage Row

A 47-year-old film director was murdered and dismembered by his parents after he returned from London to his homeland of Iran, police said.

The body of Babak Khorramdin was found chopped up in bins and in a suitcase in Ekbatan, a planned neighborhood in West Tehran, on Sunday.

An argument had broken out between the father and son over Babak's unmarried status, Iran Wire reported.

Rokna News Agency reported that the parents had confessed to killing their son and dumping his body. They also confessed to murdering their daughter and son-in-law years ago. Both are now in custody.

The agency reported Babak Khorramdin's father Akbar said of the crime: "Because of the disputes we had, I sedated him this morning [Sunday] by giving him anesthetics, then stabbed him to death. Then I dismembered his body and threw it in the nearest trash can on the street with my wife."

Akbar Khorramdin said that after killing his son, he took his body to the bathroom with the help of his wife, where it was cut into pieces and thrown in a suitcase and three trash cans.

Khorramdin's body was found in bins and a suitcase on Nafisi street in Ekbatan before police searched his family home, where they discovered evidence of the murder. The investigation continues.

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Babak Khorramdin completed a master's degree in film from Tehran University's Faculty of Fine Arts before moving to London for several years. He later returned to Iran to teach film.

The director made several features and short films, including Crevice, Hole and Oath to Yashar, which tells the story of a young man who moves to London and misses his parents back home.

Colleagues in the film industry reacted to the news with shock. Parviz Jahed, a filmmaker and critic, wrote on Instagram: "Babak was a filmmaker, and a few years ago I often met him in London's cultural and artistic circles. I heard that he missed his family and had returned to Iran, and now I saw this horrible news, and I cannot believe it. What a dreadful time."

The news comes just weeks after another so-called "honor killing" in Iran made international headlines. On May 4, Alireza (Ali) Fazeli Monfared a 20-year-old Iranian, was allegedly killed by three male relatives after they learned he had been exempted from military service for being gay. Monfared, from Ahvaz in southwest Iran, was reportedly killed after the family members opened a letter from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps saying he had been exempted from compulsory two-year military service because of his sexual orientation.

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A stock photo of a movie reel. A 47-year-old film director was murdered and dismembered in on Sunday by his parents after he returned from London to his homeland of Iran, police said. DIMITAR DILKOFF/Getty