Netanya underworld figure Charlie Abutbul and two other suspects were arrested
Monday on suspicion of carrying out a string of arson attacks and an aggravated
robbery as part of a feud with a rival crime organization.
retired. I don’t understand why they arrested me,” Abutbul told reporters at the
Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court, where he was brought for a remand
Abutbul said he told police all that he knew, and accused
detectives of harassing members of his family.
“But I’m calm. I’m not
worried,” he said.
The court extended all of the suspects’ custody by
The investigation is being led by the Serious and
International Crimes Unit, based at police headquarters in Jerusalem. Police
said the alleged offenses related to incidents that occurred recently in
Netanya, though they did not go into details.
In 2008, Abutbul was
seriously wounded in an assassination attempt at a Netanya kiosk. Three
civilians were lightly wounded in the shooting.
In 2010, unidentified men
riding on a motorcycle shot at Abutbul in Netanya.
The Bat Haikar
(Farmer’s Daughter) restaurant in Netanya’s industrial zone, which is owned by
the Abutbul family, has been the target of several arson attacks.