(AKA: Rapist From the South)
A female soldier was raped and attempted to murder her by a man near Ramat Hovav.
Meir Asur was convicted in 1996 for a series of rapes and sexual assaults in the early 1990s. His victims were mostly young women hitchhikers traveling in the south of the country, At least on three occasions, Asur offered the women a lift, and then raped them at gunpoint.
Table of Contents:
- A female soldierwas raped and attempted to murder her by a man near Ramat Hovav
- Beersheba Man Indicted for Series of Rapes at Gunpoint (03/07/1994)
- Furor erupts over hiding rapist's identity (10/27/1997)
- Controversial dentist suspended for a year (12/04/1997)
- Serial rapist should not have gotten furlough (12/04/1997)
By Marcus Raine
Jerusalem Post - March 7, 1994
A 24-YEAR-OLD alleged rapist who drove his victims home after attacking them was indicted in Tel Aviv District Court yesterday for a series of rapes in the south.
Meir Asur, of Beersheba, is accused of three counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted rape, burglary and four counts of illegally possessing a weapon.
According to the indictment, Asur, who worked at a gas station, took advantage of the sales manager's absence and broke into the man's home, stealing a pistol, $500 and an IDF officer's reserve duty card.
Last December, Asur allegedly picked up a 23-year-old hitchhiker while she was waiting for a bus in the Mishmar Hanegev area, but instead of taking her to her destination, drove off the main road into some fields and raped her at gunpoint, then drove her home.
On February 2, Asur allegedly picked up a 20-year-old woman soldier and promised to take her part of the way to Kibbutz Hulda. When he drove off the main road towards the Hulda forest, the soldier thought he was taking a short cut. He stopped the car, telling her he was going to relieve himself, but when he returned he held a gun to her head and raped her. Afterwards, he took her to a bus station and fled.
His third victim, also a hitchhiker, allegedly fell prey to Asur around two weeks later. He raped her twice, threatening to kill her if she did not comply, before driving her home.
A few days later he allegedly picked up a female soldier waiting for a ride, but this time the woman managed to escape after a struggle in which Asur fired one shot.
Asur was identified by all his victims in a police line-up.
Serial rapist should not have gotten furlough
By Etgar Lefkovitz
Jerusalem Post - October 21, 2001
Internal Security Minister Uzi Landau said yesterday he is astonished the public was never notified that a serial rapist who failed to return to prison from a furlough three months ago is still at large.
Meir Asur, who was convicted of three rape cases in the early 1990s and sentenced to 21 years in jail, disappeared August 4 after having been granted a 24-hour furlough a day earlier from Ma'asiyahu Prison.
Police sources said the Prisons Service never informed security officials of the convict's disappearance.
The sources say police were only alerted to the case by a report in yesterday's Ha'aretz, which broke the story.
Prisons Service spokeswoman Orit Messer-Harel insisted yesterday police were informed of the matter in three separate telegrams sent August 5 to police offices in Beersheba, Ramle, and the Negev region.
Landau, who himself was not informed of the case, said yesterday the prisoner, who is deemed extremely dangerous, should never have been let out of prison.
Asur, who was called "the rapist from the South," was convicted in 1996 for a series of rapes and sexual assaults in the early 1990s. His victims were mostly young women hitchhikers traveling in the south of the country, At least on three occasions, Asur offered the women a lift, and then raped them at gunpoint.
Yesterday, a joint police and Prisons Service commission of inquiry was set up to look into the incident.
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