Reputed Israeli crime boss extradited from California to Israel


Reputed Israeli crime boss Itzhak Abergil, currently incarcerated in federal prison in Lompoc, Calif. will be extradited to Israel to serve the remaining half of his 10-year sentence in his home country.

Abergil, 45, pleaded guilty in May 2012 to participating in a large-scale Ecstasy distribution ring, whose members killed an accomplice in Sherman Oaks.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Suzanne H. Segal signed papers on Monday, Nov. 18, authorizing Abergil's transfer to Israel, expected to take place in about three weeks.

In the original 77-page, 32-count indictment, federal prosecutors in Los Angeles charged that Itzhak Abergil, his brother Meir Abergil, and their associates ran one of the largest rings importing narcotics into the United States, working with two other drug syndicates, the Jerusalem Network and one California’s San Fernando Valley.

Initially, the Abergil brothers and an associate were extradited from Israel to the United States in early 2011, an action rarely approved by Israeli courts.

In this case, U.S. officials agreed that if the defendants were found guilty, they would not face the death penalty and would serve their sentences in Israeli jails.

The Los Angeles police department has been concerned with Israeli criminals in the city since the 1970s. “Israeli crime here tends to be quite sophisticated and hard to track,” said Captain Greg Hall, commander of the department’s Major Crimes Division, in an earlier interview.

Israel orders Brooklyn man extradited


A Jerusalem court ordered the extradition of a Brooklyn man to the United States in connection with a racially charged 2008 attack.

The Jerusalem District Court on Thursday approved the extradition of Yitzchak Shochet, wanted for allegedly beating two men in Brooklyn.

Police in New York say that Shochet allegedly used a bat to beat two African-American men in Crown Heights whom he reportedly had never met before. Shochet, , a member of the Shmira neighborhood patrol, was indicted on hate crimes charges.

He reportedly fled the United States to Canada in May 2008 following the attack and then came to Israel.

Israeli organized crime suspects extradited to U.S.


Two Israeli brothers suspected of involvement in organized crime were extradited to the United States.

Meir and Yitzhak Abergil boarded a U.S. government plane Wednesday afternoon accompanied by American federal marshals. The United States requested their extradition more than two years ago on charges of money laundering, extortion and drug trafficking. They also are accused of killing a drug dealer.

Three other Israelis also were extradited Wednesday on the same charges. They were indicted in 2008 by a California court following a six-year police investigation in several countries.

If the Abergils are convicted and sentenced to jail, they will be permitted to serve out their time in an Israeli prison, according to reports.

U.S. prosecutors have called Yitzhak Abergil one of the major importers of narcotics into the country, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Alleged Mossad agent extradited to Germany


An alleged Israeli Mossad agent suspected of involvement in the assassination of a Hamas leader in Dubai was extradited from Poland to Germany.

Polish police said Uri Brodsky was turned over to German police at Warsaw’s international airport on Thursday afternoon, The Associated Press reported.

A hearing is set for Friday in Germany. Media reports have suggested that Germany will let Brodsky go with a fine since the Polish appeals court decided to extradite him on charges of forgery and not for spying. The German court can only try him on the charge for which he was extradited.

Brodsky, who was arrested at the Warsaw Airport in early June, is suspected of having helped another Mossad agent, reportedly named Michael Bodenheimer, to illegally obtain a German passport as part of the plot to kill senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel room in January. Mabhouh co-founded the military wing of the Islamist Hamas movement and allegedly was in Dubai to conclude a weapons deal when he was killed.

Dubai police investigations reportedly pointed to the involvement of 33 people in the plot. They were placed on Interpol’s most wanted list, and Germany particularly sought Brodsky, according to reports.

The team allegedly used fake passports from England, Ireland, France, Australia and Germany.

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied that it was involved in the assassination.