Moshe Ben-Ivgi in Israel 370.
(photo credit: Police Spokesman's Office)
A fugitive Israeli convicted of an infamous murder arrived in Israel Wednesday
evening, almost a decade after he fled to Argentina during a prison
Moshe Ben-Ivgi, 34, landed at Ben- Gurion Airport escorted by
two Argentinean police officers some nine years after police began the process
of extraditing him to Israel from South America.
He was transferred to
Nitzan Prison in Ramle for processing.
Ben-Ivgi was convicted – along
with Arbel Aloni – in 1994 for the “thrill kill” murder of cab driver Derek
Roth, who they gunned down with a revolver shortly after entering his cab in
Herzliya on January 9, 1994, when they were both just 14.
Both teens were
sentenced to 16 years in prison, and were then re-arrested in 1998, after they
committed a violent armed robbery of a Herzliya kiosk during a prison furlough.
The two were sentenced to an additional five years in prison. Despite the
objections of police and prison officials, Ben-Ivgi was given another furlough
in May 2004, during which he fled Israel on a fake passport and made his way to
Israel Police filed an international arrest warrant for
Ben-Ivgi and in November 2004 he was arrested by Argentine authorities. Thus
began a lengthy extradition process, during which Argentina refused to extradite
him unless Israel agreed that upon his return he will only be sentenced for the
armed robbery, and not the murder, which took place when he was still a
Roth’s 1994 murder shocked Israel, not only because of the young
age of the assailants but also do to the lack of a motive and the randomness of