Identity of Israeli who murdered ex-wife in Thailand released

Cohen spent eight years in prison, however in 2012 the King of Thailand pardoned him.

November 12, 2016 13:11

Cars and trains move on Taksin bridge over Chao Phraya river in central Bangkok at sunset . (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Foul play was suspected after the body of an Israeli man who murdered his ex-wife in Thailand was recently found buried under concrete in Bangkok, Army Radio reported Saturday.

Authorities later identified the victim as 62-year-old Eli Cohen, a retired police officer.

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Two Israeli citizens, a father and son, were arrested by Thai police under suspicion of being related to the murder. The father is known to be related to drug smuggling, and was charged in the past with trying to conceal the body of another murdered Israeli in Thailand.

Cohen was convicted of murdering his wife in 2004 and sentenced to life in prison.

Cohen bought a one-way ticket for his ex-wife to fly to Bangkok and within 24 hours murdered her in his hotel him. He dumped her mutilated body in a river in the city and called the Israeli Embassy in Bangkok to report the missing person.

Cohen spent eight years in prison, however in 2012 the King of Thailand pardoned him.

Ben Hartman contributed to this article.

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