(photo credit: Channel 1)
The Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday convicted a 24-year-old man of of
conspiracy, racially motivated aggravated assault, incitement and racist
Dmitri Bogotich was arrested in January following his
extradition from Kyrgyzstan, where he had fled in 2007 after police arrested
eight members of his Petah Tikva-based gang, “Patrol 36.” The group, which had a
neo- Nazi ideology, carried out hate crimes against religious Jews, the
homeless, drug addicts and foreign workers.
Leader of Petah Tikva neo-Nazi gang indicted
Attorney Oded Keller,
prosecuting, said Bogotich’s gang had targeted the weak and made “obsessive”
video recordings of their violent attacks.
Bogotich, who was a serving
IDF soldier at the time of the attacks, apologized in court on Thursday for his
role in the violence.
“I just want this story to end,” Bogotich
“When I get out of prison, I will be a loyal Israeli, either in
Israel or out of Israel.”
Bogotich was convicted under a plea bargain and
is expected to be sentenced next month to 69 months imprisonment.