Israel to Compensate Man Falsely Accused of Tel Aviv Gay Youth Bar Shooting

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Community members mourn in the wake of the Bar Noar shooting on August 1, 2009 that killed two teenagers in Tel Aviv.Credit: Daniel Bar-On

Israel agreed Thursday to pay 2.2 million shekels ($584,000) to two brothers who were indicted in connection with a 2009 fatal shooting at a club for gay teens in Tel Aviv.

The charges against Hagai and Binyamin Felician were later dropped.

Amnon Straschnov, a retired judge, conducted the months-long mediation.

Hagai Felician (in black shirt, center) in court.Credit: Moti Milrod

The Felicians accused the State Prosecutor’s Office and the Israel Police of negligence in handling the investigation of the incident at Barnoar, in which Nir Katz and Liz Trubeshi were killed and 11 people were wounded.

Hagai Felician was initially charged with murder, and Binyamin Felician was charged with attempting to buy a gun from a former state’s witness in the case, Zaur Khankashiyev.

The charges against the Felicians were eventually withdrawn, and Hankishayev was himself indicted.

In a plea agreement reached in May of last year, it was agreed that Khankashiyev would serve 65 months in prison for obstruction of justice and the fabrication of evidence.

A source involved in the mediation process, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the Felicians initially demanded 4.4 million shekels, double the amount of the final settlement.

As part of the settlement, the prosecution admitted that the family was harmed by the extraordinary media exposure that the case generated.

The prosecution did not admit, as part of the settlement, that it was negligent in handling the investigation.

The mediation agreement is in final settlement of any claims that the Felician family may have for damages in connection with the case and includes payment of the family’s attorney fees.

One of the family’s lawyers, Moshe Yochai, said the following in connection with the settlement: “We thank the prosecution and the police for the fairness that they demonstrated in these proceedings and for the understanding that huge damage was caused to Hagai Felician and his family, and for fairly deciding to compensate Hagai and his family in a sum that sets a precedent for its size.”