Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dad in "strenuous custody battle" arrested for murder of 2- and 4-year-old daughters (Israel)

Once again, we see that for violent fathers, a "custody battle" is not about quality time with the kids. It's about abuse and control. It's about maintaining iron-fisted power over your wife and kids--and if their deaths are deemed necessary or desirable to maintain that control, that' s perfectly okay to these sh**s. Killing the kids is also a very useful tool for hurting Mom in the worse possible way, and these killer dads know that too.

And once again, we see how the protective mother's concerns were ignored by the police and those in authority until it was too late.

The killer dad is identified as ALI AMTIRAT.


Father suspected of killing daughters arrested

Over a month after Asinad, 4, Rimas, 2, were murdered, their father was apprehended last week on roof of old structure near Dead Sea

Ilana Curiel

Published: 07.07.13, 19:29 / Israel News

Ali Amtirat, 40, suspected of murdering his daughters, 4-year-old Asinad and 2-year-old Rimas, was arrested last week, more than a month after the murders, it was cleared for publication Sunday.

Following the murder, which took place in May, an officer and the commander of the Arad police were dismissed, after police neglected to look into a complaint filed by the girls' mother a day before the murders.

The father was found in the Dead Sea area, on the roof of an old structure, underfed and wearing the same clothes he had on the day of the murder. Last week, the Beersheba Magistrates Court remanded the father by an additional 10 days.

Ever since the girls' bodies were found in late May at the Bedouin village of Al Furah, near the southern city of Arad, Negev police have tried to trace the father.

Police were concerned that the suspect would flee the country, as he has family in Saudi Arabia, or try to hurt the mother of his daughters, promting them to take her to a safe house shelter.

According to South District Police Chief, Major General Yoram Halevy, before he was caught, the father had been hiding in creeks, tunnels and various hideouts across the Negev. Before managing to detain him, police had apparently closed in on his whereabouts twice, but failed to nab him before he fled.

Halevy said that Amtirat's arrest had ended "a nerve wracking and complex hunt." He described the suspect as "extremely dangerous, taking all precaution and hiding in open areas, caves and creeks."

"The suspect's arrest is not the end of the story," Halevy added, saying that only when the father confesses to the crime will the police chief be able "to look the girls' mother in the eye and tell her we did everything we could so that the monster who executed this horrendous murder goes behind bars for a very long time."

Police also arrested the suspect's brothers, two of whom were indicted for kidnapping the victims. Nonetheless police added they have yet to find all those suspected of assisting the suspect.

According to preliminary investigation, the girls were murdered as a result of a strenuous custody battle.

After the father was arrested, the mother, Abir Dandis, told Ynet: "I just happened to call the police that day and ask about him. I was very to surprised to hear he was arrested."

Despite the negligence with which the mother's complaints were handled by police, she expressed her gratitude to the police "for a job well done in getting him arrested."

She nonetheless added that she was afraid that his family members might still try to harm her. "I'm sure they're not happy to see him arrested," she said. "I don’t know how long I will live in fear.

"I would like very much to see the killer and ask him why he murdered his girls and how he could have done such a thing. I'm sure he would be dismissive, as if he had done nothing, but hopefully he will regret what he he's done," Dandis noted.

"Such a criminal should be jailed for life," she said, rhetorically wondering: "Isn’t he ashamed of himself? He doesn’t deserve to be a father. I'll remain grief-stricken for the rest of my life after losing my two girls."

Defense attorney Tomer Orinov said: "My client denies the allegations. He insists that people who have clashed with his wife in the past are behind the murders. She had been incarcerated in the Palestinian Authority in the past and those who put her in jail are the ones behind his daughters' murders."

When asked why the father had fled if he were innocent, the attorney said the suspect was grieving: "They have a 40 day mourning period; he secluded himself from society." Hassan Shaalan contributed to this report