Alleged underworld kingpin Meir Abergil was brought into a bitter
business dispute between the Ashkelon-based Globus International
construction firm and the Ratzio Oil search company, Channel Two
revealed on Tuesday.
The report was based on a petition by the head of
the Globus International company, Shlomo Shukrun, to a Tel Aviv District
Court this week, aimed at canceling a business arbitration with Razio
Global International has accused Razio Oil of
bringing the underworld into an arbitration agreement to settle a
According to the petition,
the current arbitrator chosen to settle the dispute between the firms,
attorney Assaf Baram, was appointed by Abergil, who is currently behind
bars and awaiting a court decision on whether to extradite him to the US
on money laundering and extortion charges.
For his part, the CEO of Razio Oil, Yigal Landau,
told the court that he had been threatened repeatedly by underworld
elements, claiming that alleged criminals who visited his home and
threatened his children.
According to the Globes newspaper, Landau, together
with joint Razio Oil CEO Ligad Rotlevy, had become local gas tycoons
following a successful natural gas drill off Israel's coast after an