Daniel Maoz at J'lem District Court 150.
(photo credit:Marc Israel Sellem)
The Jerusalem District Court ruled on Tuesday that the state attorney can call
two additional witnesses in the murder trial of Nurit and Noah Maoz, even though
the stage for testimonies has officially ended.
Chief Justice Tzvi Segal
said on Tuesday he would allow State Attorney Yuval Kaplinsky to bring two
additional witnesses, over the objections of defense lawyer David
Nurit and Noah Maoz were stabbed to death on August 11, 2011 in
their home in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem.
Daniel Maoz was
arrested approximately a month later, though in a surprise twist, he accused his
twin brother Nir of murdering their parents, as the two share identical DNA that
was found at the scene of the murders.
In a dramatic outburst before the
hearing started, Daniel Maoz continued to profess his innocence as he was led
into the courtroom on Tuesday afternoon.
“Nir Maoz murdered my parents
and he knows that his place is in jail!” he said. “My parents deserve justice
and the children need to know the truth.”
One of the additional witnesses
that Kaplinsky wants to testify was mentioned in an anonymous letter sent July
10 to Kaplinsky, Barhoom and the Jerusalem District Court. In the letter,
obtained by the media, the anonymous tipster wrote that he heard screaming and
then saw Nir Maoz run out of his parents’ home at 11 p.m.
“There is no
way this could be wrong! It was definitely Nir Maoz,” the tipster
Daniel Maoz was rearrested in his cell after police suspected he
wrote the letter himself.
Police also arrested 38- yearold Jerusalem
resident Roni Ben-Arnon, Maoz’s former cellmate, whom they suspect printed and
mailed the letter after he was released.
After the trail concluded,
Barhoom said that he would weigh his options and consider appealing to the High
Court of Justice in order to stop additional witnesses from testifying, as the
testimony stage of the trial is over.
A report from the Jerusalem
District Psychiatric Committee submitted to the court on Tuesday also stated
that Maoz is mentally fit to stand trial.
“It was no secret that Maoz is
fit to stand trial and responsible for his actions,” said Barhoom. “He is not
mentally ill. Anyone who said in their testimony that he was a monster or had a
lack of control is disappointed... [Maoz] is a regular, normative person, like
me or you, and I think it strengthens our claim that Daniel Maoz is not the
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