Five associates of top Israeli organized crime figure Amir Mulner conspired to
carry out an attack against a man who had crossed their boss, and acquired and
stashed a pistol to use in the assault, according to an indictment presented by
Tel Aviv prosecutors on Wednesday. The police did not state officially if they
thought the intent was to kill the man or only harm him.
Police said that
there is reason to believe the indictment will help advance their investigation
into the car bomb that targeted the jeep belonging to a Tel Aviv prosecutor in
the city in November. Mulner’s organization has been suspected in that attack
from day one, largely because the prosecutor targeted was tasked with the
state’s case against Mulner.
The five suspects include Moshe “Chico” Bat
Adeh, 33; Lior Belisa, 35; Lior Abadeh, 26; Adam Yitzhak, 24; and Kobi Dagan,
26. They all face charges of conspiracy to commit a crime, weapons offense,
possession of a firearm and attempted aggravated assault.
Three of the
men indicted on Wednesday live in the same building on Arnon Street in Ramat
Gan, where the alleged conspiracy took place. According to police, at some point
in recent months, an unknown person got mixed up in a dispute with Mulner’s
organization, and was invited for a meeting at the building on Arnon
The associates of Mulner’s conspired to acquire the stolen pistol
and use it against the man, after he arrived at the meeting.
police, the trigger man was supposed to be Bat Adeh, who lived in the building
and was tasked with bringing the pistol to the building, and then using it on
the man when the time came.
When the man didn’t show, police say the
accused persons stashed the pistol in the fuse box and fled the
Police said they were able to make the arrests before the
attack could occur, and that based on video evidence they were able to capture
the alleged acts take place. They also reportedly filmed Mulner himself taking
part in the act.
Mulner himself is no longer in the country and left
around the same time that the alleged hit was planned to take place and he is
wanted for questioning.
When asked if police know where in the world
Mulner is, an investigative source would only say Wednesday “we know everything
we need to know about his location at the moment.”
The indictment against
Mulner’s organization, one of the top investigatory targets of Israeli police,
also includes the testimony of 48 detectives from the LAHAV 433 serious crimes
branch of the police.
The men were among 11 Mulner associates arrested in
the case earlier in the month.
The indictment came at the same time
police and tax authority officials arrested several associates of Mulner’s who
they say were involved in extortion, money laundering, and tax evasion. The case
involves the suspects’ alleged operations in the “grey market,” the Israeli term
for loan sharking.
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