Leader of Petah Tikva neo-Nazi gang indicted

Dimitry Bugotich deported to Israel following arrest in Kyrgyzstan; charged with racially-motivated assault, incitement to racism.

January 16, 2011 12:29
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The State Attorney Office on Sunday filed an indictment against 23-year-old Dimitri Bugotich, a leader of a neo- Nazi gang that operated from 2005 to 2007 in Petah Tikva and Tel Aviv. Bugotich fled the country after his gang was exposed.

The gang attacked dozens of foreigners, dark-skinned people and religious Jews, and documented the acts as they were happening. One of the videos shot by the gang shows them beating a foreign worker from China, while another shows them pulling the beard of a religious Jew at the new central bus station in Tel Aviv.

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Bugotich and other gang members were arrested in 2007, but two days after the gang leader underwent a police investigation and a warrant was issued preventing him from leaving the country, Bugotich fled to Russia.

Israel Police notified Interpol of Bugotich’s escape, and earlier this month, after he was stopped in Kyrgyzstan and underwent a deportation proceeding, he arrived in Israel and was arrested.

Bugotich is charged with eight counts of racially-motivated aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit a crime and incitement to racism.

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