State may free felons to find Majdi Halabi's body
Sources say state to cut deal pardoning 2 felons to find IDF Druse soldier's body; deal held up by 3rd prisoner seeking money.
Majdi Halabi Photo: Courtesy the Halabi family
The state has signed an agreement pardoning two convicted felons on
condition that the two provide information that helps locate the body of IDF soldier Majdi Halabi, who has been
designated as missing for approximately 7 years, according to sources
Halabi disappeared in May of 2005 while traveling from his home to his base in Tirat Carmel near Haifa.
was last seen at a bus station in his hometown Daliyat al-Karmel
located on the slopes of the Carmel mountain. He was formally declared
missing in action (MIA) on June 6, 2005.
Boaz Konig, the attorney
representing the two felons as well as a third prisoner, Moshe Mordechai,
involved in the deal, told Army Radio Monday that the two convicts were
paying him to represent Mordechai as well. Mordechai is the
actual source on where the body in question is hidden. The two felons seeking a pardon want Mordechai to pass them the
details of the body location, after which they would pass on the details to the
The deal was signed weeks ago, but has still not
been fully implemented as Mordechai has refused to provide the
authorities with a detailed map leading to the burial spot of the
missing person until he is promised hundreds of thousands of shekels.
from the IDF and the Prime Minister's Office have been consulted along
with Ami Palmor, the Justice Ministry official responsible for pardons.
this point, the state succeeded in exposing Mordechai's identity and is
considering involving the Shin Bet and the police in handling the
The two convicts are serving prison terms for murder and drug-related crimes respectively.
The third prisoner is serving two life-terms for murder.
deal has inspired intense media speculation in recent days. The Justice
Ministry until now has been unwilling to confirm most details regarding