Jerusalem: A Palestinian man has confessed to killing his Israeli ex-girlfriend, saying the murder was motivated by nationalism, Israel’s justice ministry said Monday.
Mohamed Harouf, a resident of Nablus in the Israeli- occupied West Bank, was arrested by Israeli police in August 2017 after the body of Mishal Halimi was discovered.
The 30-year-old went missing in May, according to media reports, and a crime of passion was suspected as she had been pregnant and married to another man at the time.
“The murderer strangled her while she was carrying a baby in her womb and then stoned her and left her without burying her,” said the prosecutor, adding that the two sides had reached a plea bargain.
“We have arrived at this agreement to avoid a long trial and we will ask in agreement with the defence for a sentence of life imprisonment,” the prosecutor said, quoted in a ministry statement.
The court must determine a verdict at a date yet to be confirmed.
“The court acknowledged that the murderer wanted to kill a Jewish woman for ideological motives,” lawyers for the Halimi family said in a statement.
The victim’s mother, Guita Zylberman, said “justice has been done” for her daughter.
On May 23, 2017, the day Halimi disappeared, her family informed police who launched a manhunt for her former boyfriend, according to media reports.
Halimi had been living in the Adam settlement, near Ramallah in the West Bank, but was killed in central Israel.
A media blackout had been long been imposed on the case.