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Ex-Tehran Mayor Sentenced to Death

A former mayor of the Iranian capital has been sentenced to death after he a court found him guilty of killing his wife, according to Iran’s judiciary.

A prominent reformist, Najafi was found guilty of shooting dead his second wife Mitra Ostad at their home in the capital on May 28, said Iran’s judiciary spokesman.

“The charge sheet included premeditated murder, battery and possession of an illegal firearm,” quoted by the judiciary’s official, adding “The sentence is not yet final and can be appealed at the supreme court.”

The victim’s body was found in a bathtub after Najafi, 67, turned himself in and confessed to killing her.

Najafi married Ostad without divorcing his first wife, unusual in Iran where polygamy is legal but socially frowned upon.

Najafi’s lawyer wants to appeal the verdict.

Najafi, a reformist, mathematician and professor, also served as science and education minister in the past.

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