The infamous convicted underworld felon Ze'ev Rozenstein will no longer
be classed as an organized crime leader, the High Court ruled on Monday,
following a petition filed by the prisoner.
The ruling came after
Rozenstein, who is serving a 17-year-prison sentence, objected to his
classification as a mob boss by the Prisons Service.
The category of mob
boss placed him under increased monitoring, due to fears that he could be
harmed, or attempt to flee the Shateh prison in northern Israel where he is
incarcerated. Rozenstein also said he was being denied medical treatment and
vacation times, and that his visiting hours and phone rights were
The Prisons Service said, however, that intelligence
information shows that he was running a business from behind bars and that feuds
existed between Rozenstein and other inmates.
Nevertheless, the Service
agreed to retract its classification in exchange for a cancellation of the
petition by Rozenstein.