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JERUSALEM — Criminal negligence and involuntary manslaughter charges were brought against five people and a staging company associated with the April 18, 2012 collapse of a stage structure that killed an IDF officer and injured seven other military personnel.
The victims, including Second Lt. Hila Bezaleli, 20, who was killed, had been rehearsing in preparation for Israel’s annual Independence Day remembrance ceremonies at Mount Herzl when the structural elements failed.
On April 30, Jerusalem District Court noted that all those charged in the incident would have the opportunity — which could also be waived — to meet with prosecutors in the case for a hearing on their involvement in the incident.
The five individuals charged, according to reports, included Elad Lavi, Doron Lavi, Taimuraz (Tomer) Laonidzeh, Yitzhak Zucker and Oren Varshavsky. The staging company owned and run by the Lavis — Itzuv Bama — was named as a sixth party charged in the accident. All are being charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal negligence.
The named individuals include the founders and CEO and COO of the implicated staging company (Elad and Doron Lavi) along with its director of operations (Laonidzeh). Zucker and Varshavsky were, respectively, the safety consultant and engineer working on the project.
News reports included a number of alternate spellings for those named here, including: Hila Bezaleli, alt: Hila Betzaleli; Elad Lavi, alt: Elad Lavie and Elad Levi; Oren Varshavsky, alt: Oren Varshebski, Oren Varshavky and Oren Warshavsky; Yitzhak Zucker, alt: Itzik Tzuker, Itzik Zucker and Yitzhak Zuker. —ed.
The original article can be found here: http://www.plsn.com/international-news/13295-six-charged-in-fatal-2012-stage-structure-collapse.html
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