French girl murdered in Israel to be buried in France

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The body of the four-year-old girl who is allegedly murdered by her Israeli grandfather will be flown to France on Thursday where she will be buried.

17 September 2008

JERUSALEM -- A four-year-old French girl who police suspect was murdered and dumped in a river by her Israeli grandfather will be flown to France later this week for burial, police said on Tuesday.

Rose Pizem's body was found in a suitcase on the bottom of the murky Yarkon river in Tel Aviv last week after weeks of intensive searches and speculation that had transfixed and shocked the country.

"Rose's body will be transferred Thursday to France, where she will be buried," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

The transfer had been planned for Tuesday but was postponed at the last minute due to bureaucratic difficulties, he said.

Police believe Rose's grandfather Ronny Ron carried out the gruesome murder. The girl's mother, 23-year-old Marie-Charlotte Renaud, is also a suspect. The two were lovers and had two children together.

Rose's father and Ron's son Benjamin Pizen, as well as her maternal grandmother, both live near Paris.

Ron is a 45-year-old taxi driver who was living with Rose's mother in a bizarre love triangle. He had told police that in a momentary outburst of violence he hit the girl who kept crying as he was driving. Realising she was dead, he stuffed the body in a suitcase which he hurled into the river.

A Tel Aviv court last week remanded Ron and Renaud in custody for 10 days even though Rose's grandfather retracted his confession, claiming it had been made under duress.

[AFP / Expatica]

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