July 18, 2017
State Attorney Shai Nitzan has ordered police to reopen their investigation into the 2014 death of an American hiker following a series of reports by The Jerusalem Post.
The dramatic development – investigations are rarely reopened once the original prosecutor on the case has closed it for insufficient evidence – was announced on Tuesday, after Post coverage revealed that the police had failed to interview two key witnesses.
June 1, 2017
The state prosecution allegedly decided to close a criminal investigation into the 2014 death of an American hiker without interviewing two key witnesses whose testimonies would have shed light on the case, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
The negligent homicide case was against former officials at the now defunct Mechinat Yeud relating to the unexplained death of Ariel Newman, 18, a student from Great Neck, New York, during a hike in the Judean Desert on September 10, 2014. Initially, police and prosecutors were slow to open an investigation and only did so after the Newman family’s lawyer, Amos Fried, got involved and met with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.
February 26, 2017
Ariel Newman died of heat stroke during scorching desert hike in September 2014.
Follow the link above or read the gap-year negligent homicide article as a PDF.