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Police in Argentina
arrested Moshe Ben-Ivgi on Saturday, who fled Israel in 2004 after being
convicted of the 1994 murder of cab driver Derek Roth in Herzliya.A
few months later, Ben-Ivgi was arrested by Argentinian police at an
address in a suburb of Buenos Ares for drug offences. Israel began
extradition proceedings against Ben-Ivgi, although no extradition
agreement between the two countries exists.
in the Argentinian city of Mendosa captured Ben-Ivgi and a second
Israeli national by chance, after officers became suspicious of his
behavior. Ben-Ivgi refused to identify himself, police said, but
officers photographed him after the arrest and concluded that he was an
The photos were then transferred to the Israel
Police representative in South America, Ch.-Supt. Yossi Klein, who
confirmed that Ivgi was a fugitive of the law who is wanted in Israel. A
finger print analysis provided final confirmation of Ivgi's identity.
2009, Interpol issued an international arrest warrant for Ben-Ivgi.
a murder which shocked Israel, Derek Roth was shot several times in the
back while in his cab. The murder was carried out by Moshe Ben-Ivgi and
a second teenage accomplice, Arbel Aloni.
Ben-Ivgi, who was aged
14 during the murder, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
sentence was extended by five years after Ben-Ivgi went on a robbery
spree targeting two convenience stores while on a prison leave of
Following the robberies, the Israel Prison Service
sought to remove Ben-Ivgi's leave of absence rights, but the High Court
ruled in favor of an appeal by Ben-Ivgi to retain the rights.
2004, Ben-Ivgi used another leave from prison to escape to Argentina,
where he made contact with other Israeli criminals on the run.
In 2007, Argentinian
authorities released Ben-Ivgi
on bail, since
according to Argentinian law, an individual cannot be held criminally
responsible for crimes they committed as minors.
Since then, the State Prosecution's international department and the
Israel police have attempted to have Ben-Ivgi extradited back to Israel
on murder and grand larceny charges.
Ben-Ivgi was ordered to present himself at an Argentinian police station
once every 20 days while an Argentinian court proceeded with the
In 2009, the Buenos Aires court was going through the final stages of
hearing Ben-Ivgi's appeal against the extradition, but then Ben-Ivgi
Argentinian police officers who came to Ben-Ivgi's home found that he