Francois Abutbul killed in drive-by-shooting

Police suspect known Netanya underworld figure and his brothers had been targeted by rival mafias in long-running turf war.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 31, 2011 07:04
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Francois Abutbul

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Francois Abutbul was gunned down late Saturday night at a gas station near Netanya.

Magen David Adom paramedics took him to Laniado Hospital in Netanya, but were unable to save his life.

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The underworld figure was released from prison in December 2010 after serving 22 months for assaulting his wife.

He was arrested in January under suspicion he was planning to kill a rival mafioso, Rico Shirazi.

The same week, Rico Shirazi and another man were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to kill Abutbul. Police feared a war might break out between the rival mafias.

Abutbul's brother, Tavel, was arrested in March for attempting to kill his ex-wife and son.

Francois was arrested in March when police found that the employees in his bakery were illegal.

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Tavel and Francois's other brother, Charlie, also a known underworld figure, were seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in January.

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