Sodmi brothers charged with murder

Twins indicted for indecent acts, choking 7-year-old boy with bare hands.

February 5, 2010 05:00
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7-year-old Leon Kalnatarov z"l.

Leon Kalnatarov 311. (photo credit: Channel 10)


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Twin brothers Naor and Adir Sodmi, 24, of Bnei Ayish, were charged Thursday in Petah Tikva District Court with sexually abusing and then murdering a seven-year-old boy.

On January 1, the body of Leon Kalantarov was found wrapped in plastic bags under a bed in the home of the Sodmi twins. Subsequent forensic tests found  semen on the boy’s body.

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The indictment sheet said one or both of the accused “rubbed their sexual organ against” the boy “and afterwards chocked him by placing their hands over his mouth and nostrils.”

The charge sheet continued, “Immediately afterwards, the suspects rolled plastic bags around Leon’s head and body. They placed him in this state into a crate underneath one of the beds in their room.”

Earlier this week, police lifted a gag order on the investigation and revealed that the twins had reenacted the murder.

The Sodmi twins are also accused of  indecent acts against other minors. The charge sheet detailed how the twins would entice minors to their home, where they were shown pornographic movies and sexually molested.

“The accused masturbated in front of a minor. When the father of the accused arrived home, they closed the door and window to their room and imprisoned the minor, who wanted to leave. He was forced to remain until late at night, when he managed to escape through a window,” the indictment said.


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