Hired hit men for honor. “Brothers arrested over string of recent ‘honor killings’ in Lod: Police suspect the two were hired hit men in a string of so-called ‘honor killings,’ offering their services to locals who wanted to attack their family members,” by Yaniv Kubovich and Noah Kosharek in Haaretz, October 21 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Two brothers from Ramle, Ramadan and Khaled Musrati, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of involvement in four recent murders in the city of Lod.
Police suspect the two were hired hit men in a string of so-called “honor killings,” offering their services to locals who wanted to attack their family members. The investigation has reportedly linked them to the killings of Jawdat Jasus, Amal Halili, Sami Hijazi and Abir Abu Ktifan.
Police now believe that the four victims were actually two couples, with Jawdat Jasus linked to Amal Khalili, and Sami Hijazi, married with two children, linked to divorced Abir Abu Ktifan.
The two brothers are suspected of various offenses, including conspiring to kill Jawdat Jasus, illegal possession of firearms and possession of drugs not for personal consumption. A police source told Haaretz the connection to the three other killings is still being investigated….
Three of Abu Ktifan’s relatives – her husband Ghazi, his brother Abdelmati and his nephew Hassan – were also arrested. They are suspected of involvement in the murder of both alleged lovers.
All three of them were remanded until Sunday yesterday. A police officer told the court the three deny any involvement in the murders, but “confirm certain things that are at the heart of the matter, and which have been detailed for the court.”…