Police: Alleged mobster Abutbul planned to hurt officers at his restaurant

September 23, 2008 22:37


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Netanya police detained alleged mobster Francois Abutbul for questioning on Tuesday night after they claimed to have information indicating he planned to physically harm police officers stationed at his Bat Haikar restaurant. Earlier Tuesday, the Netanya Magistrate's Court postponed the hearing on an injunction issued by police to close the eatery. Police have recently kept up pressure on the Abutbul family, last week bringing Francois in for questioning and arresting his cousin Aviv Abutbul over their alleged connection with the stabbing of Zion Rubin, whose testimony resulted in charges being filed against Aviv and Francois in November 2006. Adam Abutbul, Francois's brother and another suspect in the stabbing, was arrested at Ben-Gurion Airport the previous week as he returned from New York to visit his father, Charlie, who was seriously wounded in an attempted mob hit in a Netanya restaurant on September 8.

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