Gay Activist Admitted to Sexual Contact With Minor in Barnoar Case

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Gay activist Shaul Ganon has admitted to having sexual contact with a suspect in the 2009 Barnoar murders who was a minor at the time, and has agreed to be a state's witness in the case, police told a Tel Aviv court Sunday.

Magistrate's Judge Ido Druyan extended until next Sunday the remand of Hagai Felician, Tarlan Hankishayev and a third suspect connected to the shootings at the Tel Aviv gay youth center. Following a police representative's announcement of the agreement with Ganon, Barnoar's founder and director, Druyan stated, "After 11 days during which the suspects were held in custody, one can say that the investigation has made progress."

The police representative added during the hearing that Ganon and another state's witness in the case not the minor developed a dependence on each other, and that Ganon funded his legal representation in a case.

As part of the state's witness' effort to incriminate the suspects, he corresponded via Facebook with Felician. The correspondence revealed that Felician dealt drugs and was caught with 100 Ecstasy pills. Police said the state's witness' activity stopped when the suspects discovered his true intentions, four days before the arrests.

In their effort to damage the state's witness' reliability, the three suspects' attorneys say the suspects established an egg-marketing company that began to make profits. They argued that the state's witness demanded that they take him in as a partner in order to cover his debts, and when they refused he decided to take revenge. Furthermore, the attorneys argue that there isn't any forensic evidence tying their clients to the murders.

The third suspect demanded that the gag order on his identity be removed and continued to say that he never had any sexual contact with a man and that he didn't know Ganon.

A suspect in the Barnoar gay youth center shooting at court, June 6, 2013.Credit: Moti Milrod

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