State Ends Deal in Gay Club Shooting

Prosecutors officially end their deal with the state’s witness in notorious gay youth club shooting case; witness may face charges.

Maayana Miskin ,

עState witness (center) in court
עState witness (center) in court
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Prosecutors have officially ended their agreement with the state’s witness in a notorious mass shooting case.

The state is no longer committed to a deal with the main witness in the shooting at the Bar Noar club in Tel Aviv. Moreover, prosecutors announced that the witness himself may face charges; a decision on whether or not to prosecute him for a crime will be made in the upcoming days.

The 2009 Bar Noar shooting targeted a support group meeting for gay and lesbian youth. The shooter murdered a 26-year-old man and 17-year-old girl, and wounded 15 others, most of them teenagers.

In June 2013, police announced the arrest of Hagai Felician as the main suspect in the case. In a dramatic revelation, police said Felician was apparently not motivated by hatred of the gay community, but rather, was taking revenge for a sex crime committed by a prominent gay activist who worked at the Bar Noar center.

Felician vehemently denied the charges, but admitted to trying to blackmail the activist in question.

In recent weeks, there were rumors that police had uncovered new evidence that brought the case against Felician into question. No further details were given.

Last week, Felician was released from jail, and police revealed that the former state's witness is suspected of having framed him.

Police and prosecutors still have not revealed the nature of the latest evidence.