alperon car bomb 248.88.
(photo credit: AP)
The brother of slain mob boss Ya'acov Alperon, Nissim, was brought to the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court Monday, where his remand - along with that of three other suspects - was extended by seven days.
Some three weeks after the car-bomb assassination of Alperon, Tel Aviv police detectives on Sunday evening arrested his brother and 18 additional suspects for interrogation.
Since Alperon's assassination, police have intensified their surveillance of Israel's crime families in fear of a possible act of revenge.
On Sunday evening, undercover police detectives reported that many Alperon family members and associates were arriving at a cafÃ© located in the Ramat Gan stock exchange compound.
The police decided to raid the cafÃ©, and dozens of policemen searched the persons of those present. During the raid, police uncovered a loaded gun in a motorcycle parked outside the cafÃ©. Police suspect the motorcycle belongs to one of Alperon's men.
Following the raid, police arrested 19 men for interrogation, including Nissim Alperon. All the suspects were taken to interrogation by the Tel Aviv Police Central Unit.
Following the initial interrogations, the police will decide which suspects will be released from custody custody and which will be brought to court for a remand extension.
Nissim Alperon's arrest comes some two weeks after the arrest of senior crime figure Amir Mulner, who is reportedly a prime suspect in the assassination of Ya'acov Alperon.
Mulner was taken into custody during a raid on a Ramat Gan apartment, together with 16 other suspects on November 26.
At the time, a police source told The Jerusalem Post that despite the suspicions hanging over his head, Mulner's arrest was a "routine operation by the Tel Aviv Police Central Unit."
Mulner, who is an explosives expert, was stabbed in the neck by Alperon's son Dror during an altercation with Alperon senior at a Herzliya hotel in 2006.
Soon afterward, police arrested Mulner in Baka al-Gharbiya with bombs in his possession.
Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report