Ex-head of Bnei Zion Academy apologizes for death of 10 students at trial

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 Ex-head of Bnei Zion Academy apologized in court for the death of 10 students

The former head of the Bnei Zion Preparatory Military Academy, on trial for a 2018 desert expedition that killed 10 teenage students in a flash flood during Tuesday apologized in court.

"I'm ashamed. I am full of regret. I apologize for the catastrophe that occurred under my responsibility and with my direct participation, ", — said Yuval Kahan, who was charged with negligent homicide.

In his defense, Kahan insisted that the charges against him were unfounded and did not correspond to what actually happened during the preparations for the campaign or the day itself.

“If the indictment had reflected reality, I think things would have been different,” — he told the court.

Kahana's lawyer said the indictment is “completely unfounded and gives a misrepresentation” about what happened.

Nine girls and one boy died when the group hit the epicenter of a flash flood in the Tzafit riverbed.

Academy leader Aviv Bardichev, who received a direct warning about weather, and charged with manslaughter.

According to the indictment, the Bnei Zion administration took a group of 25 students on a trip to the Dead Sea despite numerous bad weather warnings.

It is alleged that Bardichev changed the route of the hike from the Tseelim stream to the Tzafit stream, despite the fact that he received weather warnings and recommendations to avoid the area due to the expected flooding.

Meanwhile, Kahan allegedly knew about change of route, but decided to trust Bardichev's judgment and ignored warnings about heavy rain and bad weather conditions.

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