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The Tel Aviv District Court ruled on Thursday that a convicted sex offender
extradited from Argentina will be remanded in custody for the duration of the
legal proceedings against him.
The defendant, who cannot be named because
of a media gag order, escaped from house arrest and fled to Argentina in 2008,
after his conviction in the Tel Aviv District Court on six charges of rape and
sexual assault against his two daughters, daughter-in-law and another woman. At
the time of his escape from custody, the defendant was awaiting
When the Israeli police issued an international arrest
warrant for the defendant, Argentinean authorities launched an extensive
They arrested the defendant shortly afterward as he tried to
cross from Argentina into Brazil. Israeli authorities then filed an extradition
order, which was granted but delayed when the defendant appealed against it in
the Supreme Court. Finally, in November, the defendant changed his mind and
submitted voluntarily to extradition procedures.
The defendant was
extradited on Tuesday and state prosecutors immediately moved to file a request
to remand him in custody for the duration of legal proceedings against him. The
defendant will now be sentenced for the offenses the court convicted him of in
In a hearing in the Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday, Judge Zion
Kapah also partially lifted a media gag order that prevented any details of the
proceedings being published.
During the hearing, attorney Avi Cohen,
defending, said that that defendant should not be remanded in custody even
though he previously escaped from house arrest, because he agreed to be
extradited to Israel.
The defendant also spoke in court, saying that he
had been wrongfully convicted and that he intended to bring new evidence and
appeal against his conviction in the Supreme Court.
“This is an injustice
and an evil fabrication and I would like to bring my evidence, and I cannot do
that if I am in prison,” the defendant said, as he explained why he had decided
to submit to extradition. “In Argentina I had communities who supported me
financially but I could not rest, I could run all over the world but I could not
escape myself. I came home to Israel to fight for my freedom.”
in remanding the defendant for the duration of the legal proceedings against
him, Kapah said that the defendant had been convicted of sex offenses against
several victims of different ages and there was a danger he would
The judge ordered the next stages of the case to proceed as a
matter of urgency.