Karp murder trial suspended till June

Police slammed for failing to relay video footage showing victim fleeing attackers to defense team.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 24, 2010 13:29
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Karp murder trial suspended till June

suspect 248. (photo credit: Channel 10)



The Tel Aviv District Court on Sunday decided to suspend all court hearings in the murder trial of Leonard (Arik) Karp until June.

Karp was targeted by intoxicated youths in Tel Aviv in August, who allegedly attacked Leonard and his family on Tel Aviv's Tel Baruch beach in an unprovoked attack. Two men from the Arab village of Jaljulya, Jamid Adas, 25, and Abd Al-Rahman Adas, 21, have been charged with murder.

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On Sunday, defense attorneys asked the court to allow them to study video footage, in which Karp is seen 20 minutes after he was attacked, fleeing from three people who are not the defendants.



In the court hearing, it transpired that the police failed to relay the footage from the Sde Dov surveillance camera to the defense team. The prosecution claimed the incident was a mistake, but the judges criticized police conduct.



Sarah Karp, the murder victim's widow, criticized the conduct of the defendants and the defense team in the trial.



In an interview with Army Radio over the weekend, Karp said that "the murderers' attorneys are putting on a show at the court and they are not ashamed to laugh during the trial. It is shocking to be there, not easy. The attorneys and the defendants feel free to smile, but we will never again see Arik's smile, which we all remember."



Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report


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