The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court released four suspects involved in the fatal
Mount Herzl lighting rig collapse last week to conditional house arrest on
Lt. Hila Bezaleli, 20, was killed and four others injured when a
lighting fixture collapsed at a stage erected for upcoming Independence Day
The four suspects – the owner of the company that built the
lighting rig, Elad Lavie; the company engineer, Oren Varshavky; the security
consultant, Yitzhak Zuker; and the director of the ceremony, Alex Sela – were
released to seven days house arrest. They cannot contact anyone involved in the
case for 30 days, as the police investigation is continuing.
suspects must also pay financial guarantees.
Lavie’s lawyer, Kobi Kamar,
said his client still stood by his claim that the company had received approval
for the structure. Kamar denied that the suspects were playing a game by
shifting the blame around and implicating each other.
“There are a number
of people [involved] and each of them contributed their part” to the disaster,
The police did not request to extend the suspects’
Kamar said the majority of the investigation was complete and
that the suspects did not need to stay in jail while it continued.
added that the stage design company, Itzuv Bama, had not suffered a rush of
contract cancellations and that the issue would not affect the company’s
Despite the tragic event, the authorities have decided that the
ceremonies at Mount Herzl will go ahead as scheduled.
Hila’s mother, has been invited to light a torch at the ceremony with Knesset
Speaker Reuven Rivlin, a family representative announced on Monday.
family welcomes the decision to have the ceremony continue as planned – this is
what Hila would have wanted,” her family said in a statement.
friend Bar Sitton noted that Mount Herzl was like a “second home” to Hila
Bezaleli, as her mother had worked for 16 years in the administration of the
site. He added that it was tragically symbolic for Sigalit to be honored at the
very place where her daughter lost her life and is buried.
Sigalit Bezaleli was dedicating her torch to halting the “Israeli culture of carelessness.”