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From the murder of Tair Rada to the retrial: Roman Zdorov's trial will reach the moment of decision - voila! news


17 years after the girl's body was found in a restroom at the school in Katsrin, this week the sentence of the person who was convicted of murder in several courts will be decided as part of the retrial. The confession, the evidence, the documentary series, and the conspiracy theories will amount to a decision by a panel of three judges, who may sign off on the affair that stirred up Israel

In the video: The court discusses the consequences of exposing a hypothesis that may match Adir Habani (Photo: Eli Ashkenazi)

On March 30, Thursday at 10:00, the verdict will be heard in the retrial held for Roman Zdorov, accused of murdering the girl Tair Rada about 17 years ago.

In front of a full hall and television cameras that will broadcast the hearing live - the most exciting criminal trial, apparently, ever held in Israel will come to an end unless there is another appeal, from one of the parties, to the Supreme Court.

After the 14-year-old Tair was murdered at noon today at her school in Katsrin, countless courts, legal proceedings and conspiracy theories - two judges and a female judge in the District Court in Nazareth will decide whether they agree with the previous courts and convict Zdorov again of the severity of the crimes, or whether they acquit him and set him free.

Tair Rada (photo: screenshot, reproduction)

Tair Rada, a month before her 14th birthday, an 8th grade student, was murdered on December 6, 2006 at the "Nopi Golan" school in Katsrin.

Her body was discovered in a locked bathroom stall, around 7 in the evening, after hours of searching, with her throat slit and knife cuts on her body.

Four days after the murder, Roman Zadorov, now 44 years old from Katsrin, who was working at the school during those days, was detained for questioning.

Two days later it was decided to arrest him.

About a week later, in custody, he confessed to Madovev in his cell that he was the murderer.

On December 19, 2006, he admitted the act and repeated it.

A day later he changed his lawyer and retracted his confession.

Almost from the first day of the case, it received unprecedented public and media attention and despite the judicial decisions regarding Zdorov's guilt, a significant part of the public tended to cast doubts on them and public opinion tended to see Zdorov as justified.

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Zadorov in court as part of the retrial (Photo: Eli Ashkenazi)

In his decision to hold a retrial, Hanan Meltzer, then Supreme Court Judge and Deputy President of the Court, recommended that the parties consider focusing on four key issues: the presence of foreign footprints at the scene of the murder, the leakage of blood on top of the shoe print on the toilet lid, the bloodstain of the deceased that was discovered In the third cell and seeing the mitochondrial DNA, a hair with a root from which nuclear DNA can be extracted.

With nuclear DNA, the identification is certain. For a hair without a root, it is not possible to perform a nuclear DNA test, but a mitochondrial DNA test. In contrast to the certainty of identification obtained from the nuclear DNA, it is difficult to determine the degree of compatibility with a person with the mitochondrial DNA test certain and it can only be determined that there is some statistical probability - high or low.

During the hearings, it was possible to get the impression that Zadorov's defense attorney, attorney Yarom Halevi, was able to convince at least two of the three judges, Asher Kola and Dani Zarfati, that in the questions of the foreign shoe prints at the scene of the murder, the leakage of blood on the toilet lid, and a bloodstain of the deceased found in the adjacent bathroom- They widen the gap of doubt in Zadorov's guilt, up to a reasonable doubt that would lead to his acquittal. The two judges made several statements from which we could learn about the growing weight of the question of reasonable doubt in the defendant's guilt. The third judge on the panel is Tamar Nassim-Shei. Also in the issue of the Dan

" A. Mitochondrial - If at first it seemed that this evidence did not corrode the defendant's guilt, then towards the end of the hearings, the head of the court, Judge Kola, commented: "Until now we have said that this does not break the tie. Something has changed here. To say that it is cast concrete is going too far, But to say that it has no weight is also going too far."

Lawyer Yarom Halevi representing Zadorov (Photo: Eli Ashkenazi)

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Ilana Rada (Photo: Eli Ashkenazi)

These were four issues in which the court went deeper in the discussions, but not only them.

Throughout the retrial, the prosecution and the defense also dealt with other issues and details.

The issue of mitochondrial DNA, on which the defense attorney lingered for a long time, concerns one of those issues; it is a theory presented by the defense, in an attempt not only to acquit Zadorov, but also to point to an accused in the murder; Halevi dealt extensively with the version of a man named Adir Habani, that five and a half years after the murder He testified to the police that his girlfriend, Ola Kravchenko, told him on the day of the murder that she was the one who murdered Tair Rada. Kravchenko, who went by the name AK and lived with him in a marital system that included abuse on his part, claimed that he was treating her with a malicious plot stemming from his desire to take revenge on her because broke up with him.

She and Habani testified in the retrial, the hearings were closed.

Havni's version gained a strong backing following a documentary television program called "Shadow of Emet" that dealt with the murder case.

According to Habani's version, his girlfriend was wearing his clothes at the time of the murder.

Hairs were indeed found at the scene of the murder, the mitochondrial DNA of which may match Habani's dynastic DNA.

Halevi made strong statements, both in court and in the media, and repeatedly asserted Kravchenko's guilt.

Some of those statements, heard outside the court, led her to sue him for defamation.

The conversation in which Attorney Halevi informs Lazarov that he is being released from prison

On video: first conversation between Roman Zdorov and his lawyer (Walla system)

This theory, which was intended to undermine the indictment, took a prominent place in the retrial, as well as in the media and among the large public interested in the case.

Other scenarios that in the past received a significant resonance, this time were pushed to the margins.

Thus, for example, the scenario that the girlfriends of the late Tair were involved in the murder. In the past, there was also widespread concern about the claim that the murderers were boys who were members of the Satanic cult. Another reason that received widespread concern in the past was the claim that three upset boys, who shortly after the murder got into a taxi , are the killers. A taxi driver even testified at the time that he drove the three. According to him, one of them said during the ride: "What did I do?

What did I do?" And his friends answered him: "Everything is behind us.


It was also claimed by the supporters of that version that the driver dropped off the boys at the 28th intersection in Emek Hula, where a white t-shirt with blood stains was found during the investigation of the murder. This version also received extensive coverage in the media in the past. It later turned out that the stain on the shirt was not blood , but color and located the three boys, yeshiva students who were not connected to the incident.

Adir Chavni and Ola Karavchenko, AH and AK, whose names came to mind in the case following the series "Shadow of a Shadow" (Photo: Flash 90, David Cohen)

Zadorov in the new episode of the series "Shadow of Truth"

Excerpt from "Shadow of Truth: The Decision" (courtesy of HOT8)

If in the past there was extensive preoccupation with these scenarios, then in the retrial there was almost no trace of them.

On March 30, we will know whether this time, after an unusually long legal process, the defense managed to convince the panel of judges, or at least two of them, that Zdorov is eligible.

If the judges decide that he is entitled and not only because of the doubt, but because of lack of guilt, then it will be an exciting decision.

In any case, it seems that the case of the terrible murder will continue to reverberate for many years.

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