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Three weeks that agitated the country: The development of the rape investigation in Eilat, step by step - Walla! news

2020-09-04T11:36:22.976Z

After a lengthy gathering of evidence, a confrontation between suspects and the use of technological means for facial recognition, police investigators this week completed the rape case of the 16-year-old girl at the hotel, which ignited widespread protest and public outcry. This is how the investigation dangled from the first moment - until the indictment matured



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Three weeks that agitated the country: the development of the rape investigation in Eilat, step by step

After a lengthy gathering of evidence, a confrontation between suspects and the use of technological means for facial recognition, police investigators this week completed the rape case of the 16-year-old girl at the hotel, which ignited widespread protest and public outcry.

This is how the investigation dangled from the first moment - until the indictment matured

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In the video: Filing an indictment against those involved in the rape in Eilat (Photo: Shai Makhlouf, Editing: Tal Reznik)

About three weeks passed from the day the 16-year-old girl from Ashkelon was raped at the "Red Sea" hotel in Eilat, until the indictment was filed against 11 people involved in the affair.

Among these, four were charged with aggravated rape, while others were charged with aiding and abetting rape, indecent acts and failure to prevent a crime.

The affair provoked great public anger and protest against violence against women.

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The researchers from Ashkelon were sent to Eilat.

Red Sea Hotel

14.8

- The girl arrived at the Ashkelon police station in the evening, filed a complaint and testified before the station's investigators two days after the rape.

The investigators immediately turned to investigators at the Eilat station, and began collecting preliminary findings, which stemmed from the testimonies of the two girls.



15.8

- The day after the complaint was filed, the commander of the Lachish area, Lt. Gen. Ronen Avnieli, entered the picture of the investigation and determined that the case would be conducted at the Ashkelon station, because some of those involved are residents of the area.



16.8

- As the investigation progresses, and understanding that this is an event that many are involved in, Avnieli decides to set up a special investigation team, including experienced investigators, youth researchers and technologists - and instructs them to go down to Eilat and collect evidence from the hotel, including documentation from security cameras.

On the same day, the investigators send the documentation for testing, and the investigation team begins to work on identifying the participants accordingly.

Also filmed the event.

Issy Rafailov, accused of rape

18.8

- Two days later, 28-year-old Issy Rafilov, one of the main suspects in the affair, was arrested in Hadera on suspicion of rape.

The interrogation team arrives at his home and leads him to the station, when at the end of the interrogation Rafailov is arrested.



According to the charges against him, Raphaelov knew that the 16-year-old girl offered to go out with him for fun - but she refused.

Later, when she was drunk and feeling unwell, Raphaelov approached her.

He said he could help her because he was trained in first aid - and led her to a room he broke into with his friend, Ilizir Meirov.

There, it was alleged, she was raped.

Meirov and Rafailov have previously served prison sentences for criminal offenses they committed.



19.8

- A day after Rafailov's arrest, police are also looking for 27-year-old Meirov.

They arrived at his house but he was not there, and only after searches did he be arrested on suspicion of rape.

On the same day, the affair was exposed in the media.

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He is also charged with rape.

Ilizir Meirov

20.8

- During an assessment of the situation, the commander of the Southern District, Superintendent Yoram Sofer, decided to transfer the investigation to a special team advanced in the Lachish area. It was decided to transfer the investigation to a special team set up in the Lachish area, under the command of a regional officer. technologists and others available to the district. However, given the complexity of the investigation, the suspicion that there are other persons involved, whose identity was not yet known and effort to identify them and bring them in for questioning.



At the same time, the shadow of the affair, thousands protested in dozens of locations across the country against violence against women.



21.8

- a friend of the girl vs. At the same time, the police decide to intensify the mobility patrols around the girl's house in Ashkelon, due to the violent discourse and the harsh reactions on social media towards her.



22.8

- After identification using special facial recognition software, as well as using other technological means, two other minors suspected of involvement are arrested At the same time, the police found videos of Raphaelov filming the rapes of the adult detainees during the rape.

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Thousands demonstrated across the country.

Protest in Habima Square, Tel Aviv, about two weeks ago (Photo: Reuven Castro)

23.8

- The next day, seven other minors were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the act, and in addition, a hotel manager was also arrested on suspicion of failing to prevent a crime and disrupting investigation procedures.

According to police suspicions, the principal saw the crowd in the hallway, near the scene of the incident, and did nothing.



At the same time, on the same day and the next day, clashes took place between the minors, with one of them pointing to their alleged involvement in the rape of two twin brothers, aged 17, who live in a settlement in the south.



24.8

- The principal was taken to court for a hearing on the extension of detention, but the Ashkelon Magistrate's Court rejected the request, and the police also decided not to file a request for a stay of execution and she was released.

As of today, it has not yet been decided whether an indictment will be filed against her later.

The court decides to release some of the minor suspects as well, but they eventually remain in custody after the district court granted the police appeal.



27.8

- The police announce that they have located all the suspects involved in the affair, and clarify that the girl's version is credible.

The total number of detainees is 17, of whom 13 are boys.

The indictment will eventually include 11 defendants.

Demonstrators outside the Beer Sheva District Court, with the filing of the indictment, this week

30.8

- The police have filed a prosecutor's statement against some of the minors involved, requesting an extension of their detention, but the Magistrate's Court is releasing them again. However, the district reverses the decision, and they remain in custody.



1.9

- The next day the police filed a statement of claim both Raphaelov and Meirov.



2.9

- The Southern District Attorney's Office filed an indictment against 11 of those involved in the affair, including three young men and eight minors. Ilizir Meirov, 27, and Issi Rafailov, 28, residents of Hadera, as well as 17-year-old twin brothers from a town in the south, were accused of raping the girl in aggravated circumstances in a room at the "Red Sea" hotel in Eilat. The other defendants - 19-year-old Osher Shlomo from Moshav Noga and six other boys - are defendants who each committed offenses of aiding and abetting rape, indecent acts and failure to prevent a crime.

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