Iranian man gets eight years for beheading teen wife

An Iranian man has been sentenced to jail for more than eight years after decapitating his wife and displaying her head in public, in a case that shocked the country, the judiciary says.

Mona Heidari, 17, was killed in February 2022 by her husband and brother-in-law in Ahvaz, capital of the southwestern province of Khuzestan.

Video that emerged later of her smiling husband parading her decapitated head in the street sparked an outpouring of grief and outrage in the Islamic Republic.

Sajjad Heidarnava was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for murder and eight months for assault, judiciary spokesman Massoud Setayeshi tells reporters.

Heidari’s family had pardoned the killer rather than demanding qesas — Iran’s Islamic law of retribution.

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