A 16-year-old girl has tragically died after her uncle allegedly threw her from an 11th floor apartment in Tehran, Iran.
The victim, Fatemeh Ghozat was allegedly beaten and then murdered by her uncle Mojtaba Namdar after speaking out against his abuse on May 22.
Fatemeh’s heartbroken mom, Bariha Rahmani, who witnessed the alleged incident told Iran International TV that Mojtaba threw her daughter out of a window from an 11th-floor apartment in the Shahrah-e Aseman neighbourhood of Parand in southeast Tehran.
Speaking out after Ghozat was released on bail just two weeks after the incident, Bariha said: ‘He threw my girl out of the window in front of my eyes, and then placed her body in my hands.
‘He has now been released on bail and walks free. He threatens my son, and tells him, “It’s your turn now!”.
‘I’m afraid for myself and my children. Tell me, in what other country in the world, when a murder has occurred and all the evidence points to the fact it was murder, would the accused be released on bail two weeks later?’
Relatives also claimed that the said uncle confessed to killing Fatemeh in front of all their neighbours before emergency services arrived at the crime scene.
When emergency services arrived, they pronounced the girl dead but Mojtaba allegedly retracted the confession and claimed there had been no witnesses.
Reacting to the case, Legal analyst and Journalist at Iran International TV, Nargess Tavassolian said: ‘This case is very strange, it is not known why the uncle was released after only two weeks.
‘The most important issue is the independence of the judiciary so that a criminal cannot get off the hook through his “connections” and get freed on bail easily.’
She added: ‘The judiciary is losing its independence more and more.
‘There are only two cases where the law allows for the murderer to either escape punishment or receive a more lenient punishment, but none of these laws apply here.’