Convicted felon extradited to Israel from Mexico after fleeing 18 years ago

Three years into his sentence, Erez Akrishevsky was granted a leave from prison, in which he escaped abroad using fake documentation.

July 24, 2019 19:18
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Handcuffs arrest police crime illustrative 390. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

Erez Akrishevsky, who was sentence to 21 years in Israeli prison in 1998 and escaped three years later, has been arrested in Mexico after 18 years on the run and transferred back to continue serving his sentence, according to the Police Spokesperson's Unit.

Akrishevsky had been convicted of attempted murder of a father and son at the Carmel Market in 1998 over a financial dispute, as well as for forging offenses. He was sentenced for 21 years in prison, which was later reduced to 18 years following his appeal to court.

Three years into his sentence, Akrishevsky was granted a prison leave, in which he escaped abroad using fake documentation.

In 2004, Akrishevsky was caught in Argentina and was extradited to Israel, but once again escaped the country while being under house arrest.

After an elaborate operation by the Israel Police with assistance from Interpol, Akrishevsky was found hiding in Mexico and brought back to Israel on Wednesday morning. Upon his arrival, he was immediately transferred to prison to continue serving his sentence.

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