prof. david niv.
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The first suspect in the mysterious murder of Prof. David Niv, director of the pain clinic at Tel Aviv's Sourasky Medical Center who was shot to death a year and a half ago, has been arrested, it was announced on Thursday.
Although most of the details of the investigation are still under gag order, the order was partially lifted to reveal that officers from the elite Tel Aviv Central Investigative Unit [CIU] arrested a 36-year-old resident of Kfar Kassem who they believe was involved in the affair. According to reports, investigators hope that with this first arrest, all of the other questions about the murder will be answered.
Niv had been killed on February 6, 2007 while driving home on the Aluf Sadeh Highway in Ramat Gan. His car was riddled with bullets and investigators said it looked like the work of professional hit men.
In May of that year, Fatah's Aksa Martyrs Brigades posted information on their Web site taking responsibility for the attack, but saying that they had mistakenly killed Niv while targeting a Member of Knesset.
That claim led a Knesset security officer to send a letter to all 120 lawmakers, asking that anybody with a silver BMW and license plates matching certain numbers report to the Knesset Security Office.
Sheera Claire Frankel contributed to this report.
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