Three months after the disappearance of Jaffa resident Mazal Jarsi, 74, the State Prosecutor's Office will file an indictment Monday against her brother Mordechai Jarsi, 70, for her alleged murder.
A search of the brother's apartment found a suitcase soaked with blood, which a forensic analysis revealed to be the missing sister's.
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The police believe Jarsi murdered his sister and hid her body in a suitcase, later burying the body in an as yet unknown location.
Mazal Jarsi (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
According to suspicions, the brother was upset over the sister's role in raising his son and managing his financial affairs.
The sister was declared missing on December 25. Though the brother posted ads and posters and offered a monetary reward for any knowledge leading to locating his missing sister, his conduct aroused the police's suspicions.
Indeed, a search of Jarsi's Bat Yam apartment found a suitcase stuffed with blood-soaked rags, with even more blood pooled under its covering, analysis revealing it to be the sister's.
As Jarsi kept his silence, the police pursued their suspicions, dismantled the apartment's parquet floor and found more blood samples underneath.
At this stage the investigators concluded that Mazal Jarsi was either murdered at the apartment or brought there later and then stuffed in the suitcase.
Though the body remains missing, the State Prosecutor's Office were convinced that the amassed circumstantial evidence is enough to convict Jarsi for the murder.
Jarsi's lawyer, Attorney Ran Alon, denied the allegations and said in response that "it should be remembered that as no body has been found yet, Mazal is still to be considered missing.
"I don't understand on what the police bases its firm belief that she was murdered. Since an indictment has yet to be filed, I haven't seen the evidence, but to the best of my understanding from the debates held so far there's no evidence directly linking my client to the allegations."
Alon added: "My client completely denies all the allegations. He filed one of the first reports on her disappearance, posted ads turning to the public for help, and even published a newspaper ad from his own expense with a substantial reward to whoever aids in her finding. His conduct shows the opposite of the allegations."
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