MK Solodkin: Suspect in 2006 Katzrin Murder Set Up Because He's an Immigrant

MK Marina Solodkin (Kadima) accused the authorities yesterday of taking advantage of a Ukrainian immigrant's ignorance of Israeli law to "set him up" as the alleged murderer of 13-year-old Tair Rada from the Golan Heights.

"Immigrants don't know the laws of the country and don't know that it's possible to say no to investigators," Solodkin said during a visit to the Nazareth District Court, where Roman Zadorov is being tried for the 2006 murder. "They set him up because he's an immigrant."

Solodkin, a Russian-speaking immigrant herself, appears to have adopted Zadorov's trial as an immigrant cause.

"I'm here as a representative of the Russian community," she said. "The community's interest in the trial is on the rise."

The Kadima MK said there was insufficient evidence of Zadorov's guilt and charged the investigators with negligence, saying: "A lot of pressure was exerted on him, but I won't determine here whether he is guilty or not."

Solodkin said she was trying to push legislation that would prevent defendants from being convicted solely on the basis of their own testimony.

She had previously called on Attorney General Menachem Mazuz and the state prosecution to consider replacing the investigators and prosecutor involved in the case, partly because, she said, "the evidentiary material contains a lot of contradictions, for which the investigators cannot provide a logical explanation."

Tair Rada's father, Shmuel Rada, is calling on Solodkin to resign from the Knesset for supporting his daughter's alleged killer.

The teen was found dead in a bathroom stall in her high school in the Golan town of Katzrin on December 6, 2006. Zadorov, who worked as a contractor at the school where Rada studied, admitted to murdering Rada but then retracted his confession.