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A 58-year-old man set fire to his girlfriend as she sat in their car, murdering
her, according to an indictment filed in the Nazareth District Court on
Nashad Basul, originally from Reina, is also charged with false
imprisonment for allegedly forcing the victim, Natalia Nariman, to remain locked
inside their Upper Nazareth apartment for years.
According to the
indictment, Nariman met Basul in 1993 after she made aliya from Uzbekistan. She
converted to Islam, and the couple lived in Upper Nazareth with their baby
daughter and Nariman’s son from a previous relationship.
Basul refused to
let Nariman leave the house, according to the indictment. He also allegedly
ordered Nariman not to speak with other men, and slapped her.
began to grow between the couple, the indictment alleges, as Nariman expressed
her desire to work outside the home and swapped her traditional Muslim dress for
Eventually, Basul plotted to murder Nariman, the
indictment alleges. Basul allegedly took Nariman to a hotel in Afula where he
gave her alcohol to drink.
In the early morning of September 10, as the
couple was driving home, Basul is said to have left the car, leaving Nariman
strapped into the passenger seat.
Basul allegedly set fire to Nariman as
she sat in the car, then left the scene.
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Firefighters later discovered
Nariman’s partly charred remains in the passenger seat.
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