Supreme Court acquits Yoni Elzam, who was convicted of murder in 2003

June 22, 2009 18:20


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The Supreme Court on Monday accepted the appeal of the family of Yoni Elzam, who was convicted of murder in the 2003 killing of underworld figure Hananya Ohana, and was later poisoned to death in his cell. Two of the three justices, Esther Hayut and Yoram Danziger, charged that police had relied too heavily for their evidence on police informers who were planted in the suspect's cell to get him to talk. Elzam was poisoned in 2005, one day before he was due to testify against Shimon Zrihan, who was also charged with killing Ohana. Elzam's father, who attended Monday's court hearing, expressed his deep satisfaction with the ruling and said, in answer to a reporter's question, that he would have liked to hug his son at the moment of his acquittal.

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