Felician, shooter, drug dealer
Photo: George Ginsburg
Ganon, witness for the prosecution
Photo: George Ginsburg

Police: Barnoar shooting suspect dealt drugs

Police believe Hagai Felician, central suspect in Barnoar shooting, involved in drug sales after 100 ecstasy tablets found in his home. LGBT activist involved in incident might testify against Felician in return for clemency for alleged sexual abuse

Police confirmed Friday that on the day Hagai Felician – the central suspect in the Barnoar shooting – was arrested, a search in his apartment revealed a 100 ecstasy tablets. In light of the discovery, Tel Aviv district police have decided to charge him with possession of narcotics with intent to distribute.


Earlier Friday it was reported that Shaul Ganon, – the LGBT activist and manager of the Barnoar (literally, Youth Bar) at the time of the shooting who is suspected of sexually abusing another suspect in the incident, a relative of Felician who was 15 at the time – will not be prosecuted in return for his testimony against Felician.


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According to suspicions, Ganon's sexual abuse was the nexus for the attack.


It is believed that upon learning that the minor was abused at the hands of the center's manager, Falician and his partner, Tarlan Hankishayev, set out to on a revenge mission which ended in a murderous killing spree after the two failed to locate Ganon.


גנון ליד מועדון הברנוער (צילום: עמית מגל)

Ganon near Barnoar center after shooting (Photo: Amit Magal)


Friday it was also reported that Ganon was released after police reached an agreement with him.


According to the deal, the police will not prosecute Ganon in return for him serving as a witness for the prosecution against Felician and the other suspects, in addition to confessing to sexual relations with the minor.


חגי פליסיאן בבית המשפט (צילום: מוטי קמחי )

Hagai Felician in court (Photo: Moti Kimchi)


It is further noted that in return for his cooperation, police will not prosecuted Ganon for any of the alleged crimes related to the incident, including the alleged sexual abuse as well as claims that Ganon knew of the suspect's intentions to harm him after receiving threats from the boy prior to the shooting.


It is important to note that the deal, as it was reported, does not promise Ganon amnesty from prosecution if further allegations or complaints are lodged against him in the future.


For example, earlier this week Tel Aviv police began investigating a complaint filed by a woman who claimed that Ganon had tried to rape her.


The woman, who was born a man and had undergone sex change surgery, claimed he sexually harassed her 10 years ago and she filed the complaint only after he had been arrested.


Meanwhile, Ganon, denied the allegations as well as any connection to the case, saying "I have nothing to do with the murder case."


He further added that "malicious rumors" spread by "concerned parties" have no bearing on reality.



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