Police car in Tel Aviv at night 311.
(photo credit: Yoni Cohen)
The husband of a woman brutally gunned down outside a cemetery in Lod last month
will be charged with her murder, as well as an attempt on her life six months
ago, police said on Thursday.
On April 4, the body of Yasmin Abu Zaaluk
was found riddled with bullets. Police said she had been killed execution- style
and launched an intensive 40-day homicide investigation, headed by Ch.-Supt.
Shimon Elimelekh from the Shfela police’s investigations branch.
homicide sent shockwaves through the Arab community in Israel, as Zaaluk had
been told by community notables in Lod to return to her husband twice, directly
ignoring the warnings made by police.
Zaaluk went missing a year ago
before being found, and was shot at six months ago, in what police described as
an attempted murder by her husband.
Throughout April, homicide detectives
“followed an early line of inquiry that led to her husband, Khaled Abu Zaaluk,”
police said in a statement.
“We have gathered evidence that links the
suspect to the shooting and the previous attempted murder,” police
Khaled will be charged with homicide at the Ramle Magistrate’s
Court next week.
Attorney Reda Jaber, who is a coordinator of the Arab
Society – Police Relations Initiative, told The Jerusalem Post last month that
the slaying has led to a double crisis of confidence in Lod.
go beyond issuing warnings. If there was a chance to protect her, if there is
intelligence on threats to her, she should have been given active protection,”
“At the same time, she was given promises by notables that
she would be safe, that nothing bad would happen to her. And yet she was
murdered. This is despicable, and unprecedented in Arab society.”