Israel’s Supreme Court Refuses to Review Judgment in 2006 Murder of 13-year-old Girl

Roman Zadorov requested a new hearing after the court upheld his conviction.

Roman Zadorov, right, at his murder trial.
Gil Eliahu

Supreme Court President Justice Miriam Naor on Tuesday denied Roman Zadorov’s request for a new review of his conviction for the 2006 murder of Tair Rada. Rada was 13 at the time of her murder.

“Even if this issue is making public or media waves, this is not a juridical consideration for holding a review,” Naor said.

Zadorov’s defense team appealed to the Supreme Court in February, after the court upheld his conviction in a vote of 2-1 in December. In making the request, his lawyers cited contradictory evidence and interpretations of evidence in regard to shoe impressions, including ones found on Rada’s clothing, and the knife used in the murder.

Defense attorneys Yarom Halevy and Moshe Sherman argued in their request for a review that the decision to convict their client was based on substantive errors. They cited precedent to find fault with admitting shoe prints as evidence.