'Don't Believe the Words of a Psychopath and Manipulator'

Family members of two men killed in 2004 by Mordechai Moshe, who is in prison in Tiberias, say claims he knows where a missing IDF soldier is buried should not be believed.

An imprisoned Tiberias man who claims to know where a missing Israel Defense Forces soldier is buried should not be believed, say family members and friends of the two men the prisoner killed in 2004.

Mordechai Moshe, who was sentenced to two life terms in 2008 for the murders, recently said he knows the location of the grave of a soldier believed to be Majdi Halabi from the Druze village of Daliat al-Carmel, who went missing in 2005 while attempting to hitchhike to his base.

"This is a person who's a psychopath - a crazy person who murdered two people for no reason," Rafi Yaakov, the brother of one of Moshe's victims, said yesterday. "I don't believe he really has reliable information."

Moshe was convicted of murdering Lahav Yaakov, a 37-year-old acquaintance from Tiberias, and another acquaintaince, 32-year-old Rami Mukhtaran from Kafr Kana, within a month of each other.

When questioned by police, Moshe said he heard voices telling him to kill Yaakov, and then said he did so out of self-defense.

Moshe killed Mukhtaran after getting $5,000 from him in exchange for promising to secure a residence permit for Mukhtaran's Jordanian fiancee. "I don't believe that he has reliable information today," said Dina Zorea, who said Moshe, now 46, was a customer of her air-conditioner installation company in Tiberias, where Mukhtaran used to work. "He's a manipulator."

"On the morning of the murder, he had already started to prepare an alibi," Zorea recalled. "He called us and said he wasn't feeling good. We knew that Rami had gone with him and we asked him to tell us where Rami is, to give us some indication, and he claimed he didn't know anything."

Mordechai Moshe's brother, Ilan Moshe, said his brother was treated unfairly. "A distortion of justice has been done," said Ilan Moshe. "They accepted his confession in everything that has to do with his murder conviction, but when he said things that didn't match up for the purposes of conviction, they portrayed him as a liar and as unstable. One minute they made him out to be a righteous person and the next minute they made him out to be a liar."