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The Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court on Thursday ruled to extend again the jailing
of Ivan Olos and Olga Zvirov, the two people suspected of causing the death of a
RELATED:Court extends remand for suspects in toddler-death case
Three-year-old Tali Darikova died on Monday after being
forgotten in a van used to transport toddlers to and from a preschool in
Darikova was one of several preschool children collected on
Monday morning by Olos, the husband of the preschool teacher where the toddlers
were taken; Zvirov is a preschool assistant.
However, the toddler somehow
remained in the van when the other children were dropped off at their
kindergarten in Netanya.
It was only after Olos returned to the
kindergarten at around 2 p.m. to collect the children that he discovered
Darikova unconscious in the van. The toddler had been trapped in the van in
searing temperatures for around six hours. Paramedics were called but declared
the child dead at the scene.
The court had previously ruled to extend the
pair’s arrest on Tuesday, pending the results of a police investigation into the
However, Judge Hana Schnitzer Zaga ruled on Thursday to remand
Zvirov and Olos for an additional four days, to allow police to continue their
investigation, in which new information has apparently come to
That new information was submitted to the court in a confidential
The police had asked for the pair to be remanded
for several more days because they claimed they might obstruct the ongoing
investigation if they were released.
Zvirov’s defense lawyer, attorney
Nimrod Lipsker, strongly opposed the extended remand of his client, and argued
that Zvirov had only accompanied the van and had not been responsible for
disembarking the children after arriving at the kindergarten.
said that the fact that the kindergarten teacher in charge of all the
kindergarten’s operations, including transporting the children there, was not
remanded in custody, was evidence of discrimination against
Olos’s attorney also argued that his client should be released to
However, the judge ruled that in the light of new
information that has come to light during the investigation, the pair should
remain in custody for an additional four days.
“It turns out that over
and above the initial reports taken from the suspects, additional material has
been gathered connecting the two suspects to the offense and which necessitates
a deeper investigation,” Judge Schnitzer Zaga said.
The two are remanded
until a further hearing on August 15.Yaakov Lappin contributed to this