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State prosecutor announces retrial of convicted killer of 13-year old Tair Rada

Convicted murderer Roman Zadorov in the courtroom of the Supreme Court, Jerusalem, December 23, 2015. (Gili Yohanan/POOL)
Convicted murderer Roman Zadorov in the courtroom of the Supreme Court, Jerusalem, December 23, 2015. (Gili Yohanan/POOL)

The State Prosecutor’s Office tells the Nazareth District Court that it has decided to reopen the trial of Roman Zadorov, sentenced to life in prison for murdering a 13-year-old girl despite his repeated assertions he had been wrongly convicted.

Zadorov, a Ukrainian-Israeli handyman, has spent more than a decade in prison for the brutal 2006 murder of Tair Rada.

The decision of State Prosecutor Amit Aisman comes after the Supreme Court said in May that there was sufficient reasonable doubt to exonerate Zadorov and a retrial should be held.

Rada was found dead in a bathroom stall in her Katzrin school in the Golan Heights, with slashes to her neck, stab wounds across her body and severe blows to her head. Shortly after the murder, Zadorov, who was employed at the school at the time as a maintenance worker, was arrested and charged with the killing.

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