Suspected Israeli bomber extradited to Prague

January 15, 2006 16:21


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An Israeli citizen suspected of carrying out a bomb attack that targeted the owner of a downtown Prague casino in 2004 was extradited by Israeli authorities and arrived in Prague on Sunday, Czech police said. Police spokeswoman Blanka Kosinova said that Yakov Moshaylov arrived at Prague's Ruzyne international airport on Sunday morning. He was being held by police while a judge decided whether he should be held in custody. Moshaylov, a 28-year-old Israeli citizen who had emigrated from the former Soviet Union, was arrested in September 2004 in Israel. He is suspected of throwing a bomb under a car in front of Prague's Casino Royal on August 1, 2004, wounding 18 people, most of them foreign tourists. The target was apparently the casino's owner, Israeli citizen Assaf Abutbul, who was not injured and left the country a few days later. The casino has since closed. Moshaylov faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

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