TA lawyer charged with paying mob in Scientology bomb plot

Gor Finkelstein is suspected of paying 7 alleged Jaffa mobsters to bomb the Scientology Center building in Jaffa for financial gain.

May 20, 2011 04:53
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The prominent Tel Aviv real estate lawyer arrested last month on suspicion of hiring a Jaffa-based mob to carry out a series of assassinations and arson attacks was charged at the Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday.

Gor Finkelstein is suspected of paying hundreds of thousands of shekels to seven alleged Jaffa mobsters to bomb the Scientology Center building in Jaffa for financial gain. When the plot, involving a truck filled with gas canisters and 300 liters of gasoline failed, the men were ordered to set the building on fire. That attempt resulted in failure as well.

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Finkelstein is also suspected of sending the men on failed bids to kill a senior Tel Aviv Municipality official, Sota Hovel, who had disrupted his financial plans for the Scientology building.

According to the charge sheet, Finkelstein ordered his hired guns to place a bomb under Hovel’s car. It exploded last year in Bat Yam, damaging the vehicle but failing to harm Hovel. In a second assassination attempt, the suspects allegedly dressed up as policemen and attempted to kill Hovel with an electric stun gun. Hovel escaped with minor injuries.

The indictment said Finkelstein also sent the men to murder his ex-wife and her partner, Daniel Cohen, in Haifa. Those assassination attempts, which involved a bomb planted in the partner’s car, failed. The device went off as the partner and his daughter were in the vehicle.

Cohen was wounded and his daughter went into shock.

Finkelstein has denied the suspicions against him.

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