Prison jail generic.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The Tel Aviv District Court sentenced three men convicted of involvement in a
racketeering ring to prison sentences on Wednesday.
Gonen Ben-Ezra and
Eili Pinchas Madanprost were convicted under a plea bargain of carrying and
transporting an illegal weapon. Alek Krikli was convicted, also under a plea
bargain, of conspiring to throw a hand grenade into the yard of a former
Judge Zvi Gurfinkel sentenced Ben-Ezra to two years in prison,
a suspended sentence of 15 months and a fine of NIS 3,000.
received 20 months in prison, a 15 months suspended sentence and a NIS 20,000
Krikli received 25 months in prison, a year’s suspended sentence
and a NIS 2,000 fine.
A total of 16 people were indicted in the case,
which police have dubbed the “Pomegranate Tree Affair.”
The men –
residents of Or Yehuda, Jaffa and the Arab villages of Jaljulya and Taybe – were
charged with multiple offenses including attempted murder, extortion, blackmail,
assault, arson, malicious damage by explosives and others.
the indictments, in multiple instances, the defendants used violence and the
threat of violence to collect money from people who had borrowed money from them
at exorbitant interest rates.
The indictments revealed that the gang
members were methodic in their use of violence and the threat of violence, and
were motivated by sums ranging from one thousand to tens of thousands of