Police re-open case of Israeli backpacker murdered in India

By MARK WEISS
September 24, 2007 20:55
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Police are not satisfied with the testimonies connected with the murder of Dror Shek, who was killed in July during a trek in the northern Indian mountains, and have decided to review the case, police confirmed Monday. Shek's friends, they suspect, may have been involved. At the time, the Israeli friends with whom Shek was backpacking were portrayed as heroes. They stayed by his body for days in the remote mountain terrain in poor weather until the recovery team arrived on foot, as the difficult topography combined with the stormy weather ruled out any speedy evacuation by helicopter. During the waiting period, the friends were interviewed daily by Israeli radio stations. Only a week after the murder was Dror Shek finally buried in Israel. According to his friends, 23-year-old Shek, from Givat Avni near Tiberias, had been stabbed to death during the trek near the village of Kriganga by locals, who stole his backpack. At the time, Shek's four fellow hikers were questioned by Indian police investigators. They had their passports confiscated but were eventually allowed to return home to Israel. Now, the Israel Police's International Crimes Investigation unit has decided to review all the material connected with the incident, apparently concerned about discrepancies in the testimonies of the four. However, a police source stressed that at this stage there was no formal investigation, and no arrests have been made.

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