Husband, ex-husband and brother of Ramle woman arrested over 'honor killing'

The police stated that they had solved the murder of Busaina Abu Ganem, who was gunned down while sitting in her car with her children on HaEshel Street in Ramleh.

December 9, 2014 17:01
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Busaina Abu Ganem

Busaina Abu Ganem. (photo credit: COURTESY OF FAMILY)

The husband, ex-husband and brother of a Ramle woman have all been arrested and face indictments in the coming days for her drive-by murder in the city.

Central District police said on Tuesday, after a gag order on the case was lifted, that they had solved the murder of Busaina Abu Ganem, who was gunned down while sitting in her car with her children on Haeshel Street on the night of October 25.

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The suspects arrested so far include Niaz Abu Razek, 35, Busaina’s husband; Salah Abu Ganem 35, her ex-husband; and her brother Ismail, 29.

Police said that already on the night of the murder they took testimony from an eyewitness from the family who saw some of the suspects in the area.

From the beginning, members of the family tried to thwart investigators, threatening witnesses and trying to fabricate fake alibis for the night of the murder, police said.

The murder was widely described in the press as an “honor killing,” and police said there were multiple motives for the crime, including criticism of Busaina’s “independent ways, her level of modesty personal modesty, and custody agreements with her ex-husband,” according to the head of the investigation, Dep.- Ch. Roi Waldman of the Central District Police.

Police said on the night of the killing, Busaina attended a family wedding and then went to visit a patient at a nearby hospital, before driving to pick up a relative in her neighborhood in Ramle. When she got to Haeshel Street, a vehicle appeared with four men inside and one of them pulled a gun and opened fire, hitting her in her upper body several times and mortally wounding her.

A total of six suspects, including the wife of one of the three men named above, will be charged for their roles in the crime, police said.

Busaina was the 10th woman from the Beduin Abu Ganem clan to be killed since 2000. More than 15 women from the family have been killed over the years, according to estimates. There have been indictments in three of the cases.

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