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Almost three years after Roman Zadarov was found guilty in the murder of
eighth-grader Tair Rada, the Nazareth
District Court on Thursday held a hearing to reexamine evidence in the case following an appeal by
The murder of Rada shocked the country in December
2006 when she was found stabbed to death in a bathroom stall at the Nofei Golan
school in Katzrin in the Golan Heights after she had gone missing hours
Zadarov, the school custodian, was arrested less than a week
later and was found guilty of Rada’s murder in September 2010. He was sentenced
by the Nazareth court to life imprisonment plus two years for obstruction of
The evidence reexamined
included a forensic expert’s opinion about bloody shoe prints found at the
scene, and another expert’s analysis of the murder weapon and the injuries to
An American forensic expert claimed that the bloody footprint on Rada's pants is not a footprint at all, while an Israeli expert claimed the cuts to Rada's face was caused by a toothed knife and not by a Stanley Knife as Zadarov originally said in his confession, Israel Radio reported.
In March, the High Court of Justice said Zadarov’s conviction had been based on
confessions he had made to interrogators, a police translator, a jailhouse
informant and during a reenactment of the crime, which justices said “were found
to contain lies, manipulations and fabrications.”
At the same time, the
court said his confessions were backed up by evidence, including facts that
Zadarov was able to point out about the crime scene, the positioning of Rada’s
body and how she was killed.
Justice Edna Arbel pointed out that the
decision was not a ruling that the conviction should be
Regardless of the decision, the verdict in the case will not
be disturbed and Zadarov will keep serving his sentence until there is a court
Also, a court order to reexamine evidence does not
suggest the likelihood of any court decision to actually reopen the verdict
itself.JPost.com staff contributed to this report.