“J’lem Arab confesses to sisters’ ‘honor’ killing,” from the Jerusalem Post, with thanks to Romy:
A 29-year-old Jerusalem Arab was under arrest Wednesday for allegedly strangling two of his sisters to death and trying to kill a third in the name of family honor.
Maher Shakirat, of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jebl Mukaber, turned himself in to police Tuesday, after hiding out in the Palestinian-run West Bank for the last two months.
The two women, aged 20 and 27, were found strangled to death in their east Jerusalem home on May 2 shortly after the victims’ father had reported the murders to police.
A third sister who survived a strangulation attempt was hospitalized, and has since recovered.
The attacker then fled the scene, and remained at large until giving himself up to police this week.
The suspect, who was remanded Wednesday by seven days at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s court, has confessed to carrying out the attack, police said.
The parents and wife of the suspected murderer were arrested immediately after the attack, and have since been indicted on charges of assisting a murder.