Young Iranian Engineer Murdered after Ringing the Wrong Doorbell

Published July 5th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A young Iranian engineer was brutally murdered after ringing the wrong doorbell of a family who attacked him, assuming he was a prank caller, the conservative Kayhan paper reported Wednesday. 

According to the paper, Karim Falahi was going to visit a former worker of his, when he made a mistake with the address and rang the wrong doorbell. 

On entering the house, Falahi was attacked by Mohammad Baqer Babakhani, his father, as well as his brother and sister-in-law. 

They had all been expecting a prank caller they had lured into coming over, after telephone harassment concerning the wife of a family member. 

The family chopped up Falahi's body into small pieces and disposed of it in an empty plot of land in western Tehran. 

Following a police investigation, the family was brought to trial. 

Babakhani, the main instigator in the crime, was given the death penalty. His father and brother were each sentenced to 10 years in prison, and his brother's wife, to three years in prison - TEHRAN (AFP) 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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