Israel sues businessman for allegedly smuggling iron to Hamas-linked groups

September 7, 2015 04:54

The Israel Lands Administration on Sunday filed a civil complaint with the Beersheba Magistrate’s Court against businessman Mica Peretz, some of his family members and an associated agricultural entity seeking NIS 809,775 for misuse of their agricultural and storage areas to hold items for Hamas.

The complaint followed a March 2 criminal indictment against Peretz and six others for helping to illegally smuggle iron from their property in the South to Gaza groups linked to Hamas in exchange for millions of shekels.

Peretz and other criminal defendants were accused of “providing raw materials directly to Hamas for the manufacture of rockets, missiles and other armaments.”

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