Supreme Court to announce verdict in Tair Rada murder

December 22, 2015 19:13


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The Supreme Court on Wednesday will make a final decision to end the 10-year saga over whether Roman Zadarov was guilty of the 2006 murder of eighth-grader Tair Rada.

In December 2006, Rada was found stabbed to death in a bathroom stall at the Nofei Golan school in Katzrin on the Golan Heights. Zadarov, the school custodian, was arrested less than a week later and was found guilty of 13-year-old Rada's murder in September 2010.

He was sentenced by the Nazareth court to life imprisonment plus two years for obstruction of justice. But subsequently, the Supreme Court poured cold water on part of the Nazareth District Court's findings and opened a Pandora's box of disagreements between government forensic experts regarding the evidence, leading the lower court to revisit its judgment.

When it eventually came back with the same conviction, Zadarov appealed again to the Supreme Court to clear his name.
At an October 2014 oral argument, the Supreme Court appeared open to completely overturning his conviction, but did not fully tip its hand. 

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