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The Southern District Attorney’s Office filed an indictment Sunday against
alleged crime boss Shalom Domrani on charges including extortion and illegally
According to the indictment in the Beersheba
District Court, Domrani threatened Rabbi Ya’acov Ifergan to cease his support of
Eyal Masika in the Netivot municipal elections, as part of a conspiracy with
Ifergan’s rabbinic rival, Rabbi Yoram Abergil, to advance candidate Yehiel
The tension between the two rabbinic camps has led to outbreaks of
violence, the indictment said.
The prosecution also filed indictments
against Mumi Kasantini and Emanuel Elisha, an aid to Rabbi Yoram
Other charges against Domrani in the indictment included
conspiracy to commit a felony and obstruction of justice.
stated that on municipal election day, October 22, after a brief meeting with
Rabbi Abergil, Elisha told Domrani to threaten Ifergan’s followers with violent
reprisals should they continue to actively campaign for Masika.
this interaction, Domrani allegedly called Ifergan’s wife to find out where he
was and asked her to tell Ifergan to meet with him immediately.
Domrani and Kasantini visited Ifergan’s educational institution and threatened
him and his followers severely enough to cause Ifergan to fear for his and his
family’s life and to hire armed bodyguards, the indictment said.
indictment said that Domrani told Ifergan he was visiting him because he heard
that he was “harming Rabbi Abergil,” and that “there are ways to deal with
this.” Domrani allegedly said that if Ifergan stopped “harming Rabbi Abergil,”
the alleged mob boss “would protect” him.
According to the indictment,
Ifergan was so frightened that he even prayed for Zohar to be elected instead of
Masika, and he and his followers stopped actively campaigning for their
Next, Domrani allegedly threatened Rabbi Baruch
Abuhatzeira, another supporter of Masika, who also stopped campaigning for
Masika out of fear for his life.
Domrani also called Ifergan’s wife
again, noted the indictment, and told her to tell her husband that if asked
about meeting with him, Ifergan should tell people that he merely came to make
peace and to receive the rabbi’s blessing.
Last week, the Rishon Lezion
Magistrate’s Court ordered Domrani released pending his indictment, but the Lod
District Court reversed the ruling on Thursday, and Domrani remained in
A final hearing on whether Domrani and his associates will be
held in custody until the end of the trial is set for Thursday, with the start
of the trial set for December 11.Ben Hartman contributed to this story.