Yishai says US parent killer suspect to be extradited

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 15, 2010 13:40

30-year-old Staten Island resident, Eric Bellucci to be sent back to US after fleeing to Israel following allegations he murdered his parents.

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Passengers at Ben Gurion airport, Monday

Strike at airport 311 . (photo credit:Ben Spier)

Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Friday instructed the Population Authority to expel Eric Bellucci, the 30-year-old US resident who was arrested at Ben Gurion Airport after he attempted to leave Israel following allegations that he stabbed his parents to death, rather than waiting US extradition order.

Yishai has the authority to issue an expulsion order to all foreign citizens held in reasonable suspicion that they committed a criminal offense their native country, even if a extradition request has not been filed.

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Consequently, Israel intends to begin deportation and extradition proceedings against Eric Bellucci.

Bellucci arrived in Tel Aviv on Thursday after taking an El Al flight from New York on Wednesday.


Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man was spotted as he tried to buy a plane ticket to Beijing, China at Ben Gurion when a stewardesses who thought he was acting suspicious called the police.

Rosenfeld says the suspect was being held and questioned, and will remain in custody while police coordinate his extradition to the US.

Although Bellucci is not Israeli or Jewish, he reportedly has a friend in Tel Aviv to whom he was believed to be heading upon his arrival in Israel, according to a New York Post report.

Bellucci's parents were found dead in the living room of their of their home. According to reports he took their car and drove to the airport where he boarded a plane to Israel.


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