- A woman was found buried in sand on a beach in Lebanon
- Her ex-husband confessed to killing her for 'bringing shame' to his family
- She was allegedly cheating on him
- He said he was under the influence of alcohol when he killed her with a knife
The ex-husband of a young woman found murdered and buried on Rmeileh beach in Lebanon confessed to killing her for what he claims was retribution for alleged adultery, a security source said Thursday.
“He appeared in front of Mount Lebanon judge and admitted to killing her for 'bringing shame’ to his family,” the source said.
During his hearing, Fadi Aa. said, “I loved her and may her soul rest in peace, but I told her to stop doing what she was doing because it was bringing shame to me and my family.”
The body of the victim, Palestinian national Zarifa Z. who was born in 1995, was found covered with sand, rocks and rubbish on Jan. 11. Aa. referred to Z. as his “wife,” but told investigators that the marriage had never been officially registered and that he had “verbally” divorced her in the past.
The source said that the accused provided details of the murder, saying that the two agreed to meet and talk about their relationship at 5:30 p.m. on the evening of Jan. 6 at the Jiyyeh Beach. He said he "told her what she was doing wrong" before using a knife to kill her. I then read the “fatha” and asked God to forgive her for her sins,” Aa. told the judge.
Aa. said he acted alone and was under the influence of alcohol and was stressed, “due to what was being said about what she was doing and her cheating on me.”
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He then recounted how “his conscience didn’t allow for her to remain" unburied, so he returned to the scene of the crime and drove Z.'s body 2 kilometers towards Jiyyeh power station around 9:30 p.m. before burying her on the beach. He said he threw the murder weapon into the sea.
He told the judge that he killed his ex-wife because “we live in an Eastern society and I cannot accept having Zarifa cheat on me.”
In a statement last week, the ISF said that Aa., born in 1984, first denied any involvement in the killing but later confessed.
Sources close to the investigation said that Aa. had told his brother, while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, that he had killed his wife.
His brother did not believe him but told Aa.’s story to an unnamed person who relayed it to the ISF’s Information Branch. ISF personnel then went to Z.’s sister’s house and discovered that Z. had been missing for two days, prompting them to arrest Aa.
Z.’s body was recovered and taken to Sidon’s governmental hospital.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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