Dror Alperon, the son of murdered former organized crime boss Yaakov Alperon,
was released from police custody on Monday, less than a week after he was
arrested for his alleged role in a double murder in Petah Tikva in
Alperon was released from the Kfar Saba police station without
having to return to court, and will be able to attend his wedding this
Out of a total of five suspects since last Monday, including four
Alperon family members, only two remain in custody, Eli Fartush and Asher
Both Fartush and Gini were brought in for a remand extension on
Monday, and will remain in custody for three more days.
The double murder
case that the central district police have built against the five appears in
danger of collapsing entirely.
If it does, it would represent the latest
in a series of high-profile arrests of alleged organized crime members over the
past month that did not lead to indictments. Those high-profile arrests were
made amid public criticism over police effectiveness in fighting organized
crime, following a series of car bombs recently.
The Dror Alperon case is
thought to be a complicated story of revenge over a beating, which is speculated
to have led to the murders of two men including an innocent bystander that was
in the wrong place at the wrong time.
In the shooting in June, a
motorcyclist stepped off the back of his bike and ran to a building still in
construction, shooting dead Eli Orkabi, 35, and Eran Fartush, 42, in broad
daylight on a quiet residential street next to a kindergarten and a high
Orkabi was an alleged organized crime figure well-known to local
police, who had served three years for manslaughter after killing a man in 2000
during a fight over a beach chair on the Hilton Promenade.
victim, Eran Fartush, was the contractor supervising the building site, and is
not believed to have been the intended target.
Police believe that Orkabi
was killed to avenge the beating of Reuben Partush by Eli Reuben, an associate
of Orkabi’s who ran a “gray market” bank in the Petah Tikva shuk (outdoor
Together with a number of accomplices Reuben reportedly beat
Partush severely over an outstanding debt, setting the wheels of revenge in
Within days of the beating Reuben was wounded in a shooting by
unknown assailants soon after which Orkabi and Fartush were killed.
week Reuven Partush’s mother, Chaya Alperon, was arrested for her alleged role
in the killing, but was released the next day, on Tuesday.
and Chaya Alperon’s son Reuben were both arrested following her release, last
Wednesday, but were then released this Monday morning.
In court on
Monday, Attorney Moshe Yochai criticized the arrest of Gini, saying that his
obstruction of justice charge is linked to the fact that he told police that Eli
Partush was with him at the time of the killing.
“Since when is stating
an alibi an obstruction of justice?” Yochai asked.
Gini works for Partush
at the food trailer he owns in the Petah Tikvah industrial district, a
well-known local eatery serving schnitzel and sabih sandwiches.
“I have a
business, I work 11 hours a day, I don’t have time for these sort of things,”
Partush said in court on Monday.
While the judge acknowledged that
neither men have a criminal record and there is reasonable doubt that either
Partush or Gini played any role in the killing, he said there were two items of
evidence that justified keeping them in custody.
Joined in court by loved
ones and Nissim Alperon, the head of what remains of the Alperon crime family,
Partush walked out in handcuffs telling his wife “they have nothing on me, I’ll
be home soon.”
Minutes earlier, Alperon made some sort of signal to
Partush and was promptly tossed from the courtroom by the judge.
the courthouse, Yochai said the case against all five suspects is quite weak and
accused the police of trying to “blur the fact that they had to release Dror
Alperon. They tried to make headlines last week by arresting him again. Today,
when he was released they did it from the police station and didn’t allow the
press to see him, but when they arrested him they told all of you what time to
go to the courthouse.”
The apartment building where the double murder
took place is a location well-known to central district police
Several of the units in the building were purchased by
organized crime figures, including Orkabi, crime family head Avi Ruhan and his
associate, Chico Ben-Adeh.
Ben-Adeh was also arrested last week on
weapons charges along with two other suspects.
In another high profile
arrest by police, Ruhan was taken into custody last month for his alleged role
in the car bomb murder of two men at the Sharonim junction in July, but was
released days later with no charge.