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Former mayor of Tehran surrendered to the police after killing his second wife


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

The former mayor of the Iranian capital Tehran Mohammad Ali Najafi admitted to murdering his second wife, Mitra Ostad, before surrendering himself on Tuesday to the police and handed over the weapon used in the his wife.

Police found Mitra, a young Iranian woman, shot dead inside her home in Saadaabad district, north of the capital, with five gunshots.

According to Iranian news agency, the killing was due to family disputes. Najafi said in his first statement that his second wife had destroyed his life and the life of his family and was about to reveal his secrets in an interview with one of the websites today, confirmed by an Iranian journalist.

An Iranian journalist, Parissa Salhi, revealed the victim’s request for an interview, and she chased my account over her Twitter account. Najafi’s wife was due to be interviewed on the Ansaf News website on the same day she was killed.

For his part, the head of the Criminal Court in Tehran Mohammad Shahryiari said that “the authorities learned that Najafi is the murderer after he left a letter asking for amnesty, but they did not announce it in the flags for fear of committing suicide”.

Iranian activists said on Twitter that the wife of Tehran’s former mayor would reveal some secrets during the interview or that she would talk about her life with Najafi after several charges before marriage. She contacted the website a day ago and asked for an interview;.

In August 2017, Mohammad Ali Najafi, secretary of Tehran’s Iranian capital, was elected and resigned from office in April 2018. The resignation was attributed to health reasons behind his decision, although reports of pressure on him by hardliners.

Najafi was criticized by militants before he resigned, accusing former mayor Mohammad Baqer of Alfassed.

He was also criticized for attending a show at the municipal building during Iranian Women’s Day, the Iranian version of Mother’s Day, in which traditional dance students were introduced.

He was an academic who previously headed the Economic Advisor to the Presidency of the Republic, a member of the Supreme Council for Cultural Heritage and Tourism as well as a member of the Council of the Organization for Research and Training Planning.

Najafi previously served in the secretariat of the Economic Coordination Center and chaired the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. He was a retired member of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Sciences at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran. He was also head of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization in the first presidential term of President Rouhani. Budget and planning during the reign of former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami.

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