(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Alleged gangster Dror Alperon was found not guilty of attacking a police officer by Kfar Saba Magistrate's Court on Sunday.
According to the original indictment, Alperon was accused of expelling detective Nissan Ben-Aruya from his home by force, when he came to investigate suspicions of Alperon's involvement in criminal activity in 2008.
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Alperon claimed in court that his actions were in self-defense because Ben-Aruya did not identify himself as a police officer, leaving Alperon to suspect the worst of an armed, unknown man trying to enter his house.
Ben-Aruya, the son-in-law of Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, has had several complaints filed against him for use of excessive violence in the last few years, all of which were closed without being brought to trial.
Aharonovitch has taken several opportunities in the past few months to
publicly show support for police officers convicted of using
unsanctioned violence against criminal suspects.
Judge Michael Karishan of the court accepted the basic version of events
presented by Alperon's defense lawyer in reaching his verdict.