Kirilik: Why is this such a big deal?

Kirilik Why make a big

November 3, 2009 10:31
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Oshrenko family murder suspect Dimitry (Damien) Kirilik appeared to wonder what all the fuss was about during his interrogation, police said Tuesday. "I don't understand why you are so overwrought over the murder of an entire family," he reportely said. "It's not such a big deal in Russia." Meanwhile, attorney Uri Keinan said that "Kirilik denies the allegations against him," claiming that the confession was extracted from his client by force following four days of illegal torture. In response, Central Police District head Cmdr. Nissim Mor said, "There are almost no holes in the [Oshrenko] case," referring to Kirilik's unrepentant admission of having murdered the family to carry out a personal vendetta against Dimitry for firing him from his job as head waiter at the family's night club. Kirilik has been in police custody for several days on suspicion of having perpetrated one of the worst multiple homicides in Israel's history - the brutal stabbing of six members of the family in their Rishon Lezion home. Kirilik, a Taekwondo expert and former ice hockey player, was determined to avenge the insult to his honor, police believe. "For him, it was a way of regaining a position of power," assessed criminologist Orit Messer-Har'el in an interview with Army Radio on Tuesday. According to police, Kirilik had first strangled the baby Natanel, then stabbed him. Reportedly, during the reenactment at the site of the murder, Kirilik kneeled, remorseful, before the baby's bed. "I don't believe in his remorse," said Mor on Tuesday. Police said Kirilik and his wife both made full confessions. On October 27, Kirilik reenacted the murder for officers. Speaking on October 28 outside a Ramle court, after Kirilik's father was remanded in custody, Keinan accused police of "exploiting the gag order to hold Kirilik in illegal conditions. For days on end he has been handcuffed to his cell bed. Police placed him on suicide watch." The attorney refused to address the police's suspicions against his client, saying he needed to study the case material, which only became accessible to him after the lifting of the gag order on Monday. Cmdr. Mor, however, was adamant that "the investigation was conducted lawfully." Also Tuesday, speaking at an awards ceremony for outstanding Israel Prison Service (IPS) personnel, President Shimon Peres revealed that he had "watched with a torn soul as the shocking murder cases of the last few weeks unfolded," later referring to Kirilik's arrest. "Observing the murderers, I felt like I was watching monsters, not human beings," he said.

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