Only one person was ever convicted of the murder of 20-year-old Abbas Rezai, who was in a relationship with the murderer’s sister. Both the district court and the appeal court ruled that the convicted man could not have committed the crime alone.
The 15-year-old brother of the man convicted is reported by several newspapers to have been taken into state care after claiming to have felt threatened by his family, and has told social workers exactly how his sister’s boyfriend was murdered.
The boy’s older brother has now served his four year sentence in a youth detention centre. He is due to be deported, but the deportation to Afghanistan has been put on hold while he seeks a pardon from the Supreme Court.
The victim was murdered using hot oil, knives and blunt instruments. The Court of Appeal classed the crime as an honour killing.