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Ex-Tehran mayor found guilty of killing wife, sentenced to death

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Former Iranian vice president and mayor of Tehran, Mohammad Ali Najafi, appears in a criminal court in the Iranian capital on July 17, 2019. (Photo by Tasnim news agency)

Mohammad Ali Najafi, former Iranian vice president and mayor of Tehran, has been sentenced to death after he was found guilty of murdering his wife.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Iran’s Judiciary spokesman Gholam-Hossein Esmaili said that the court had convicted Najafi of two of the three charges against him, including premeditated murder, battery and possession of an illegal firearm.

The court, he added, had established premeditated murder and passed the execution sentence given an appeal by the family of the victim.

The defendant had also been given two years in jail for possession of an illegal firearm, Easmaili pointed out.

He further said that the sentence is not yet final and can be appealed at the supreme court.

On May 28, Najafi turned himself in confessed to fatally shooting his second wife Mitra Ostad at their home in Tehran the same day.

Ostad was found dead with a couple of bullets in her chest. Her 13-year-old boy was home when the police and journalists arrived at the scene.

Najafi was elected as the mayor of Tehran in August 2017, but resigned in April 2018 over health problems. Soon after the resignation, his wife announced their marriage in a post on her Instagram account.

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