Arrest [illustrative] 370.
(photo credit: Nir Elias/Reuters)
In an extended hearing before the Beersheba District Court on whether alleged
mob boss Shalom Domrani must remain in police custody during his trial, his
lawyer argued that the prosecution has no case against him.
prosecution presented an unusually extended analysis, trying to connect a large
number of wire-tapped conversations and events, but had little direct evidence
to prove its allegations – that Domrani threatened various rabbis and political
players to convince them not to campaign in Netivot on municipal election
Domrani’s lawyer, Moshe Sherman, said that the evidence was flimsy
and that there should be no case, but that the state simply wanted to bring a
case against Domrani and had decided that “the ends justify the means” in doing
According to the indictment, Domrani threatened Rabbi Ya’acov Ifergan
to get him to cease his support of Eyal Masika in the Netivot municipal
elections, as part of a conspiracy with Ifergan’s rabbinic rival, Rabbi Yoram
Abergil, to advance candidate Yehiel Zohar.
Domrani claims that he
visited Ifergan to “make peace” or at Ifergan’s request, and the absence of
“smoking gun” evidence to the contrary could allow Domrani to be freed from