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An Israeli man who fled to Argentina after being convicted of serious sex crimes
was extradited to Israel on Tuesday.
The defendant, who is in his 40s and
cannot be named because of a media gag order, was convicted in the Tel Aviv
District Court in 2008 on multiple charges of rape and sexual assault against
his two daughters, daughter-in-law and another woman.
defendant was initially remanded in custody after his arrest, during the trial
the court agreed to his lawyer’s request to release him to house arrest. After
his conviction and while waiting to be sentenced, the defendant asked permission
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
Israel’s authorities issued an international arrest warrant
for the defendant and the Argentine police launched an extensive manhunt,
finally arresting him as he tried to cross from Argentina into Brazil.
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.
extradition, the defendant’s rape trial will resume in Israel.