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A judge in the Tel Aviv District Court sentenced a sex offender to 15 years in
prison on Wednesday – almost five years after convicting him.
defendant, who is in his 40s and who cannot be named, managed to flee to
Argentina after his conviction in 2008, and was caught and extradited to Israel
In 2008, the Tel Aviv District Court convicted the man of
multiple counts of indecent acts against against his two daughters, his
mother-in-law, his daughter- in-law and another woman.
defendant was initially remanded into custody, during the trial the court agreed
to his lawyer’s request to release him to house arrest. While waiting to be
sentenced, the defendant asked to be permitted to leave the house to meet with
his lawyer, but instead used the opportunity to flee to Europe using his
brother’s passport. From Europe, he flew to Argentina.
authorities issued an international arrest warrant for the defendant and the
Argentinian police launched an extensive manhunt, finally arresting him as he
tried to cross from Argentina into Brazil.
In November 2008, the
International Department of the State Attorney’s Office filed an extradition
request, but the defendant appealed to the Supreme Court against the extradition
decision. However, in September, the defendant told the Israeli authorities that
he would agree to extradition proceedings.
In addition to the 15-year
prison sentence, Judge David Mudrik also ordered the defendant to pay his two
daughters each NIS 100,000 in compensation.