First extradition from US to Israel on tax charge

December 23, 2012 12:37


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For the first time, a man was extradited from the US to Israel for tax offenses.

Last week, Aharon Barashi, wanted for evading NIS 17.5 million in income tax and VAT between 1997-2011, was extradited from the US to Israel, where he will stand trial.

The State Prosecutor's international department asked for Barashi's extradition, after he fled from Israel in 2003 and was found in the US. He fled Israel after the Jerusalem District Prosecutor indicted him, following an investigation by the Israel Tax Authority's investigations department.

He was arrested in Miami in November 2012 on the basis of the extradition request.

As part of a plea bargain with the Jerusalem District Prosecutor, Barashi was convicted on Thursday by the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court. On Monday, the court is slated hold a hearing on his sentencing.

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