(photo credit: Channel 10)
The Tel Aviv District Court on Sunday decided to
suspend all court hearings in the murder trial of Leonard (Arik) Karp
was targeted by intoxicated youths in Tel Aviv in August, who allegedly
attacked Leonard and his family on Tel Aviv's Tel Baruch beach in an
unprovoked attack. Two men from the Arab village of Jaljulya, Jamid
Adas, 25, and Abd Al-Rahman Adas, 21, have been charged with murder.
On Sunday, defense attorneys asked the court to allow them to
study video footage, in which Karp is seen 20 minutes after he was
attacked, fleeing from three people who are not the defendants.
In the court hearing, it transpired that the police failed to
relay the footage from the Sde Dov surveillance camera to the defense
team. The prosecution claimed the incident was a mistake, but the
judges criticized police conduct.
Sarah Karp, the murder victim's widow, criticized the conduct of the defendants and the defense team in the trial.
In an interview with Army Radio over the weekend, Karp said that
"the murderers' attorneys are putting on a show at the court and they
are not ashamed to laugh during the trial. It is shocking to be there,
not easy. The attorneys and the defendants feel free to smile, but we
will never again see Arik's smile, which we all remember."
Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report