Israel Police press briefing370.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman )
Mobster Shalom Domrani is not in hiding and has not been summoned to give
testimony to police investigators following the car bomb last week that killed
one of his associates and severely wounded one of his top lieutenants, his
attorney told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.
“Shalom is not in hiding, the
police know exactly where he is and if they want to get a hold of him they know
how,” said attorney Moshe Sherman, adding that rumors that his client had gone
underground to avoid being called in for questioning are lies and media
“Why would he run? He’s not a suspect in the murder and if
they ask him if he obstructed justice or tampered with the investigation he’ll
just say no anyway,” Sherman added.
He said he believes that in the
coming days his client will report for questioning by police.
that shook an Ashkelon neighborhood Thursday afternoon blew the legs off top
Domrani soldier Avi Biton, leaving him in critical condition and killing his
assistant Jackie Benita, who was driving the car at the time of the
Officers from the Lahav 433 National Crime Unit are in a race
against time to find those responsible for the bombing before Domrani’s
associates, out of fear that they will find them and take their revenge, leaving
more bodies on the streets of southern Israel.
Criticism was leveled at
police in the press on Sunday and at the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court on
Saturday night, where six Domrani associates were brought in on suspicion of
taking the CCTV footage and control box from a residential building in the city
where Biton’s car was parked before the bombing. The footage, which was later
returned to police by one of the suspects – Sharon Kadosh – reportedly includes
footage of the person who affixed the remote-detonated bomb to the
Kadosh’s lawyer Amit Weizmann said police arrested his client only
because they were embarrassed that for over 24 hours they were not able to
locate the site where the car had been parked prior to the bombing, while
Domrani’s people managed to make it to the scene shortly after the
Kadosh was given a key to the building by a resident and the
footage was given to him by the company in charge of security for the
Weizmann said on Saturday that his client, a cousin of Avi
Biton, went to remove the footage from the building so he could give it to
police “in order to help them find the person who hurt his
Thursday’s bombing was the latest in a series of underworld
killings over the past weeks and the brazen nature of the mid-day bombing
spurred Israel Police Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino to hold a meeting with top
officers on Saturday and issue a statement vowing the force would not take such
attacks lying down.
In addition, the Knesset’s Internal Affairs and
Environment Committee announced Sunday that it will hold a hearing on Wednesday
to be aired live on TV to examine police efforts to fight organized crime.