Arab accused of bludgeoning his eight-months pregnant married Jewish girlfriend to death ‘intended to kidnap her in exchange for Palestinian prisoners’
- The body of married Jewish woman Michal Halimi was found in Holon, Israel
- Muhammad Harouf ‘confessed to strangling her and bludgeoning her with rocks’
- Police say he told them that he had wanted to ‘release Palestinian prisoners’
- After a court appearance, he denied killing Halimi for romantic reasons and said he had intended to ‘free prisoners’
An Arab man accused of killing his eight-months pregnant married Jewish girlfriend ‘intended to kidnap her in exchange for Palestinian prisoners’, it has emerged.
The body of Michal Halimi was found in Holon, Israel, after Muhammad Harouf reportedly confessed to strangling her and bludgeoning her with rocks.
Harouf has since told a court he had wanted to kidnap 29-year-old Halimi, from the Binyamin District of the West Bank, in the hope Palestinian prisoners would be released.
Married Halimi was pregnant when she went missing in May though it is not clear who the father was.
Police say she had been ‘staying at the home of a young Palestinian man from Nablus who she was in a relationship with.’
Officers claim Facebook posts suggested they intended to become engaged and, after that he confessed to the killing after interrogation.
‘According to his version, he met the deceased in the Holon area, choked her, threw stones at her head, covered her body, and left the scene in her car in order to “release Palestinian prisoners”,’ police said.
The suspect has been arraigned on first-degree murder charges at Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, according to JPost.
NewsJS reported that Harouf, while leaving the court, denied killing Halimi for romantic reasons and that he had intended to ‘free prisoners’.
He reportedly said: ‘I wanted to kidnap her and swap her for the prisoners.’
In recent days, the Michal’s widower Aaron denied police claims that his late wife had been in a relationship with Harouf and that the family would be filing a lawsuit against the Israeli force.