The Ministry of Health announces that the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute examined a piece of hair found at the site of the murder of a 13-year-old girl 16 years ago, and submitted the findings to a court which proceeds to a new trial of the condemned killer.
The ministry says the tests were carried out with state-of-the-art technology at the request of the defense and with the approval of former attorney general Avichai Mandelblit.
The ministry says it cannot release test results due to ongoing legal proceedings.
However, Hebrew media say it matched the DNA of a man named Adir Habani and not the defendant Roman Zadorov, who has always maintained he was not guilty of the 2006 murder of Tair Rada.
The Rada murder case has long gripped the country, due to both the brutal manner in which she was killed and the persistent claims by some that it was not Zadorov who committed the murder.
Rada was found dead in a toilet cubicle at her school in Katzrin in the Golan Heights in 2006, with gashes to her neck, stab wounds all over her body and severe blows to her head.
His lawyers, along with thousands of members of the public who are speaking out, insist that Zadorov was accused of an act he did not commit and that the real murderer was Olga Kravchenko, whose identity was initially gagged by court order and called ‘OK’
Habani is Kravchenko’s former boyfriend.