Iranian man who beheaded 17-year-old wife gets eight years in jail

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A man who beheaded his seventeen-year-old wife has been sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran.

Images of Sajjad Heydari carrying Mona's severed head in Ahvaz after the so-called honor killing last year caused widespread outrage.

A judiciary spokesman said the leniency of the sentence was due to Mona's parents having pardoned him for the murder rather than seeking retribution.

Her father previously said that he had not given his consent for the killing.


Mona had been married to her husband since the age of twelve and had given birth to their son when she was only fourteen.

Local media reported that she had fled to Turkey after allegedly being subjected to domestic violence by her husband, who had refused her requests for a divorce.

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