Underworld figure shot dead at busy Rishon Lezion junction

February 2, 2011 12:26


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A motorcyclist was shot dead in a suspected criminal assassination in Rishon Lezion on Wednesday morning. The gunshot victim died of his injuries soon afterwards. The central district's central unit has been tasked with leading a homicide investigation into the shooting.

The gunshot victim has been named as underworld figure Rami Amira, who was the target of a deadly shooting on a Bat Yam beach in 2008. During that attack, Amira escaped unharmed, but bullets fired by assassins struck an innocent bystander. Marguerita Lautin, 31, was shot in front of her husband and two children on the Tobago beach front.

The gunman in the 2008 attack, Ronen Ben-Adi, was convicted of Lautin's murder last year.

Shimon Sabah was convicted of acting as Ben-Adi's getaway driver in the attack, which shocked the country and led to calls for a major crack down on organized crime.

In Wednesday's shooting, a woman who was in the vicinity was lightly injured by flying glass.

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