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Three underworld figures and a lower-ranking alleged “soldier” were arrested in
central Israel on Sunday morning in raids described by police as aiming to
disrupt a plot to assassinate alleged mob figure Francois Abutbul, who was
recently released from prison.
Abutbul, the nephew of senior
Netanya-based underworld figure Charlie Abutbul, and owner of a number of
restaurants in the city, was released last month after completing a prison term
for assaulting his estranged wife.
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After being released, Abutbul received
a warning that his Netanya rival, Rico Shirazi, together with other elements,
would try to harm him if he did not stay away from Netanya and cease efforts to
rebuild his power there, a law enforcement source told The Jerusalem
“Abutbul was warned as soon as he got out of prison last month,”
the source said.
Police maintained an undercover intelligence gathering
operation aimed at tracking those who are suspected of plotting to strike at
Abutbul and potentially igniting a mob war.
On Sunday, officers from the
Lahav 433 anti-organized crime unit and the National Serious and International
Crimes Unit arrested Shirazi, and alleged underworld figure Shalom Domrani, who
is considered by police to be the most powerful organized crime boss in southern
Domrani resides in a walled, heavily secured mansion in the
village of Otzem, near Ashkelon, surrounded by closed-circuit TV cameras and
patrolled by security guards.
Also arrested were an unnamed “soldier” of
Shirazi, and Izat Hamad, an alleged organized crime figure described by the law
enforcement source as being a “rising star” in the underworld.
suspects are due to be arraigned at the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court on
In November last year, police arrested alleged underworld
figure Eyal Sofer on suspicion of attempting to kill Charlie
During the attack on September 7, Abutbul was shot at by unknown
gunmen riding on a motorcycle in Netanya as he sat in a parked car with his son
near the Carmel Hotel. No one was injured in the shooting. The shooting was
reportedly a revenge attack for a plot to have Sofer killed in
Charlie Abutbul’s son, also called Francois, is serving a life
sentence for the 2004 slaying of a youth outside a nightclub.