Police probe shooting at Reifman

Police probe shooting at

By RON FRIEDMAN
September 21, 2009 23:11
2 minute read.
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eli reifman emblaze 248 88. (photo credit: Channel 10)

 
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Police have launched an investigation into what they describe as a "serious criminally-motivated shooting" at the vehicle of businessman Eli Reifman on Sunday night in Ra'anana's industrial zone. A gunman riding a motorcycle fired several shots with a handgun at Reifman's vehicle. A getaway driver then drove the motorcycle away from the scene. Reifman was not injured, but his car sustained some damage. Last Thursday night a Molotov cocktail was reportedly thrown at Reifman's car. A court-imposed media ban has been placed by police on all details of the investigation. Reifman has accused attorney Eitan Erez, who was appointed to oversee Reifman's shares in his company, Emblaze, of ordering hired muscle to try and kill him. Erez has denied any link to the shooting. Reifman was charged with contempt of the court and sentenced to 45 days in prison on Monday after he failed to comply with a court order to hand over his 39 million Emblaze shares, worth NIS 94 million, to Erez, the court-appointed receiver. Supreme Court Judge Hanan Meltzer rebuked Reifman's behavior, saying he had done nothing to fulfill the court order Tel Aviv District Court Judge Varda Alshech issued when she sentenced him to jail a week ago. Meltzer added that, after the sentence, Reifman sent worthless instructions to his trustees to notify them about his holdings in the company, and after he obtained an opportunity from the Supreme Court to prove the seriousness of his intentions, Reifman proceeded by sending supplementary letters ,even though he knew in advance that they were worthless. Meltzer said, "There can be no agreement with Reifman's course of action, whose sole purpose is delay the inevitable. Reifman continues to defy the court orders and to miss opportunities given to him to fulfill them." Reifman claimed that if sent to prison, he would not be able to transfer his shares and that the transaction is a process that requires time to complete. "I respect the decision, even if I don't agree with it," he said. During the past year Reifman has fallen on hard financial times. The once celebrated CEO and president of hi-tech giant Emblaze owes large debts, some say as much as NIS 250 million, after a failed takeover of the company. "Eli Reifman's personal, legal and financial problems do not impact or affect in any way the company's ongoing operations," read a press release issued by Emblaze on Monday. "The board of directors of the company has decided to suspend Mr. Reifman from all of his duties until further notice. Mr. Amir Kupervas, VP of Business Development, will assume, effective immediately, all the duties of CEO of Emblaze Mobile."

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