94-year-old playwright arrested for suspected murder of wife in Tel Aviv

Police arrest well-known author, whose name is barred from publication, more than a year after his wife was found dead in what he maintains was a suicide

Illustrative photo of a person in handcuffs. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of a person in handcuffs. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

A well-known 94-year-old author and playwright was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of murdering his wife.

The man, whose name is barred from publication, was brought in for questioning this week over the death of his wife in Tel Aviv more than a year ago. According to police, the woman, 87, was found dead in her bathtub last August by paramedics after her husband called for an ambulance.

The woman was found covered in bruises, and an autopsy was therefore ordered, after which it was ruled that her death was not accidental. Police opened an undercover investigation into the incident, leading to the arrest.

The suspect, who the Bat Yam Magistrate’s Court released to house arrest for 30 days later Thursday, denies any wrongdoing.

“Where were the police until now and how does the claim of the alleged danger to the public to justify his arrest sit with the fact that 14 full months have passed in which the man has been at home?” his lawyers said in a statement quoted by Channel 12 news.

The arrest came several weeks after the Haaretz daily reported that the suspect was never formally interrogated by police and that there were inconsistencies in what he told investigators.

According to the newspaper, police are in possession of evidence indicating the woman was beaten and choked to death, contradicting the suspect’s claim that she took her own life.

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