Former Vice President Mohammad-Ali Najafi was arrested after fatally shooting his wife in a residential skyscraper in an affluent neighborhood yesterday in Tehran.
Mohammad Ali Najafi had married his second wife, Mitra Ostadi, less than a year before. Polygamy is legal in Iran under the current regime.
The Revolutionary Guards affiliated Tasnim News Agency said that Najafi turned himself in after committing the murder and confessed to killing his wife over what he called “family disagreements”.
Mohammad Ali Najafi was the Vice President of Iran during Rouhani’s first term as president in 2013. He was also the head of the Planning and Budget Organization, Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education.
Najafi was brought on Iran’s state-run TV after his arrest and calmly confessed to killing his wife.
“I had disagreements with my wife and it would have been better if we divorced so that it would not reach this point. The night before, we were fighting and so as to end the fight, I pulled out a gun to threaten her. She threw herself on me and unfortunately, the gun fired and she died,” he said in the interview.
This is while according to state-run media, several shots were fired, although the number of bullets shot vary from two to six according to various sources.
Ali Reza Lotfi, the head of Tehran police’s criminal investigation department, told state TV that Najafi fired five times and two bullets hit the victim.
Najafi also said in the interview that he wanted to commit suicide after the murder but had changed his mind and decided to go to the law.
The news of a woman being shot by her high profile husband has taken Iran by storm.
There are reports on social media that a day before her murder, Mitra Ostadi had claimed that she had evidence to prove millions in embezzlement carried out by her husband and a number of elements in Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence.
Some people are also saying that this is just another example of infighting between the various factions in the regime.
The state-run Hamshahri website quoted Najafi’s daughter from his first wife as saying that her father had given her a letter telling her that Mitra was in contact with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.
Meanwhile, Mitra Ostadi’s mother told Iranian media that she wanted “retribution”, aka the capital punishment for her murderer.
Some politicians in the so called reformist camp are saying that the whole incident was an effort to damage reformists.
Especially since in unprecedented remarks, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei recently talked about bringing a hardline “hezbollah” government to power instead of Rouhani’s “reformist” administration.
Whatever the motive was for the murder, one thing is certain. The various factions in the corrupt Iranian regime know how explosive the society has become and are desperately trying to pull the rug from under each other’s feet. They seem not to understand that as their President Rouhani said, they are all sitting in the sinking ship of the Islamic Republic of Iran.