Court convicts Eilat kingpin, 7 henchmen on range of crimes in 512 case
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
In a major series of convictions relating to the "512 Case", the Beersheba District Court on Wednesday convicted Eilat organized crime mastermind Ilan Ben Shitrit and seven of his associates of a wide range of crimes, from multiple counts of attempted murder to money-laundering, related to their criminal syndicate in the famous tourist city.Ben Shitrit was convicted of running an illegal gambling ring, receiving illegal funds related to criminal activities and ordering or carrying out violent crimes.Aspects of his crimes were connected with Yitzhak Abergil's criminal organization.Yanin Malul, Ben Shitrit's top lieutenant, was convicted of managing and directing the activities of the syndicate related to it's illegal loans arm, especially for loans to gamblers.Another top lieutenant of Ben Shitrit, Oren Almakis, was convicted of managing and directing activities of the syndicate related to running the gambling establishments. Malul and Almakis each took over some of Ben Shitrit's responsibilities for running the organization while he was in prison.The other convicted gang-members included: Lior Balti, Chen Ben Shitrit, the kingpin's son, Maor Mehager, Orel Balti and Yaniv Zino, who also doubled working for the municipality of Eilat's tourism office.
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