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The Haifa District Court accepted on Wednesday a NIS 1.45 million compensation
settlement between state authorities and parents of murdered teenager, Tair
Court President Judge Bilha Gillor ruled to give the agreement the
validity of a court verdict, and removed a gag order preventing details of the
deal from being published.
In a brutal, and apparently motiveless,
slaying that shocked the country, Rada, 13, was stabbed to death in 2006 in a
bathroom stall in the Nofey Golan High School where she studied in
In 2010, four years after the slaying, 32-year-old Roman
Zadorov, a repair contractor at the Nofey Golan school, was found guilty of
Rada’s murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
The settlement comes
after Rada’s parents, Ilana and Shmuel, filed a civil lawsuit in 2008 against
Zadarov, the Education Ministry and local authorities. Rada’s parents argued
that their daughter’s murder occurred as a result of negligence, after the
school and local authorities hired contract workers, including Zadarov, without
carrying out any prior checks on them.
Those workers were then permitted
to come into close contact with schoolchildren.
Under the terms of the
settlement, the Katzrin Municipal Council, the Golan Regional Council and the
Nofey Golan High School will each pay Rada’s family NIS 210,000, and the
Education Ministry will pay NIS 225,000. The balance of the compensation
settlement will be paid by the insurance companies of the high school and the
Karev Fund, an educational charity that sponsored after-school classes at Rada’s
Notably, both parties agreed as part of the settlement that
Zadarov will not pay compensation.
“Despite their revulsion at his
shocking actions, the parties accepted the mediator’s recommendation to drop
their claim against [Zadarov] with no order for costs,” Gillor said in her
According to the indictment, on the day of Rada’s murder, Zadorov
left the school cellar where he was laying a new floor and came across Rada on a
stairwell leading to a bathroom.
Zadarov followed Rada into the bathroom
and as she tried to close the stall door, he pushed it open and slit her throat.
He then slashed her chest and arms before locking the bathroom from the inside
and climbing out over Rada’s body.
He then climbed out of a window to
flee the scene.