An Iranian man who beheaded his 17-year-old spouse in February 2022 was sentenced to only eight years and two months in jail on Wednesday, in keeping with the nation’s semi-official Khabar On-line web site, sparking criticism over the leniency of the jail time period.

Following the homicide of {the teenager}, a video started circulating on-line of her husband, Sajjad Heydari, strolling within the provincial capital of Ahvaz whereas smiling and carrying her severed head, IRNA reported.

Native authorities have confirmed that broadly shared photos that purport to be Heydari are from the identical incident, a supply with data of the statements advised CNN. The video, seen by​ CNN, confirmed Heydari holding a knife in a single hand and ​the woman’s head in one other.

The quick sentence has been condemned by critics, with some pointing to feminine filmmaker Mozghan Ilanlo, who acquired a 10-year jail sentence for eradicating her headband.

In response to a query in regards to the sentence, spokesman of Iran’s Judiciary Massoud Setayesh stated the husband was “convicted of stewardship in intentional homicide, intentional assault, and disturbing public order. A second defendant,” who’s the sufferer’s brother-in-law, “has been convicted of being an assistant in an intentional homicide.”

The judiciary spokesman stated a loss of life penalty was not issued as a result of the household of the sufferer has forgiven the defendant. They “introduced their forgiveness and since this a part of the cost, in regard to the non-public side of this case, is certified, it has resulted within the issuance of the suspension order, however the public side of the crime stays,” he stated.

“Accordingly, by way of the general public side of the crime, the first-row defendant, in respect to stewardship of intentional homicide, has been sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment and by way of the general public side of the crime, to eight months in jail,” the judiciary spokesperson added.

The spokesman additionally said that “the second-row defendant (the sufferer’s brother-in-law) was additionally sentenced to 45 months’ imprisonment for aiding in an intentional homicide.”

When the story was revealed for the primary time, Iran’s official Islamic Republic Information Company (IRNA) referred to the alleged homicide as a so-called “honor killing.”

The sufferer had fled to Turkey 4 months earlier than being persuaded to return to Iran by her father, in keeping with an interview with the woman’s mother-in-law, revealed on Fars again in 2022.

​The woman was 12 years outdated on the time of her marriage to Heydari, in keeping with IRNA.

In an interview with the woman’s father, revealed in Fars in 2022, he’s quoted as saying that he had obtained a authorized certificates permitting his daughter to be married. The minimal age of marriage in Iran is 13 for ladies and 15 for boys. CNN has been unable to substantiate her husband’s age.

The crime comes years after after one other excessive profile “honor killing,” ​during which a 14-year-old was ​allegedly killed by her father with a sickle after she ran away from her household dwelling in northern Iran’s Talesh County with a 29-year-old man.

For years, Iranian ladies​’s rights activists have campaigned for strengthened home violence legal guidelines within the nation.

This comes after the nation has been roiled in nationwide protests over the loss of life in custody of Mahsa Amini, a younger lady accused of flouting the nation’s obligatory hijab legal guidelines. Iran has cracked down by executing protesters, accused of killing safety forces, which critics say had been the results of hasty sham trials.

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