Rada family to sue police over murder case

Lawsuit to target unfounded statements that Ta'ir had asked for a cigarette and cursed at her attacker.

tair rada 298.88 (photo credit: Channel 2)
tair rada 298.88
(photo credit: Channel 2)
As the family of Ta'ir Rada marked the 30th day since their daughter's murder, representatives of the family said that they planned to sue the police for issuing unfounded statements that Ta'ir had asked for a cigarette and cursed at her attacker. Meanwhile, on Thursday, the day that Ta'ir was supposed to have celebrated her 14th birthday, the Acre Magistrate's Court offered support for police claims that their case against her alleged murderer, Roman Zadorov, was well-founded. Zadorov, who confessed to the murder but then recanted the confession less than a day later, has insisted that the police are trying to "build a case" against an innocent man. Recently, police have been under fire for failure to present adequate evidence against Zadorov. But Judge Moshe Alter said he had seen new, more substantial evidence that justified the extension of Zadorov's remand for another five days. "There is no doubt that there is a reasonable suspicion that the man who is before me committed the murder - after all, he admitted to committing it before a source and before a police investigator," Alter wrote in his decision. "Even if he recanted afterwards, it is not my job in this hearing to check whether he is right in his argument... with regard to the circumstances surrounding that confession." This was the fourth remand extension for Zadorov, who was arrested for the first time four days after Rada's brutal murder. At the end of this latest remand, the Ukrainian immigrant will have spent 30 days in jail. Israeli law prohibits the courts from jailing Zadorov for more than 30 days unless the police submit a decree to continue the detention or receive authorization from the state attorney to continue the detention. Police are expected to submit such a decree five days from now, in which they are expected to announce their plan to issue an indictment against Zadorov.