Abergil brothers arraigned in Los Angeles federal court

January 14, 2011 18:30

Yitzhak and Meir Abergil were arraigned on murder, money-laundering, extortion drug trafficking charges along with three others in a Los Angeles federal court on Thursday, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The five defendants, who were extradited from their native Israel days earlier, will remain in custody up until their trial after being denied bond because they hold only "limited ties to the community," according to the report.Appearing in street clothes and shackles, Yitzhak Abergil declared, "I'm innocent," when entering his plea. The LA Times reported that Abergil was "laughing and yawning" during court proceedings but composed himself when interacting with the judge.

No date has been set for the trial, according to the report.

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