(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [illustrative])
The brother of one of the four Nahariya police officers convicted of placing
bombs in the car and home of alleged underworld crime figure Michael Mor was
shot Thursday afternoon outside the city’s community center.
50, was hit in the leg and lightly wounded when a masked gunman fired at him
inside the community center and fled the scene. Hadad, the center’s director,
was alone in his office at the time of the attack.
investigating whether or not the attack was connected to the underworld crime
scene in Nahariya.
“We’re investigating every direction possible,
including the connection to the vigilante cops affair,” said Galilee Police
spokesman Ch.-Supt. Eran Shaked, who said the police were taking Mor’s role in
the incident “into consideration.”
Hadad’s brother, Eldad Hadad, was one
of four police officers in Nahariya known as the “vigilante cops,” who placed
explosives in Mor’s car and home after the alleged crime kingpin initiated a
campaign of intimidation against the officers that included the throwing of a
grenade and planting of explosives around their homes. The officers claimed that
their superiors had ignored their pleas for help. The four were convicted in
July 2009 and sentenced to one year in prison.
Mor and three others were
arrested earlier this week on unrelated extortion charges against a Nahariya
Zohar Hadad was taken to the Nahariya Hospital after the
shooting and was expected to be released late Thursday night.
All of the
families have been receiving police protection since the episode came to light
in 2006, though that protection will be stepped up in the coming days, said
Shaked. He added that this was the first case of violence against any of the