Police arrest major underworld figures suspected in multiple murders

On Tuesday the head of a major criminal organization was arrested along with thirteen others in connection with multiple murders and a litany of violent offenses in the developing police case 1131. The names of the suspects are withheld under gag order and the police have extended their detention under the Rishon Lezion court
The detainees are suspected of involvement in the assassination of Avi David, shot a point-blank range outside a Bat Yam steakhouse in October 2011, and the deaths of Jordan Azoulay, Sharon Mizrahi, Yitzhak Geffen, Mor Algarbli, Moshe Anhiisi, Rami Amira, and Bar Cohen.
On top of the murders the suspects are believed to have participated in several attempts to murder and conspiracy to harm in 2012, an attempted murder with a car bomb in 2015, and throwing a grenade in Rishon Lezion.
Police are also investigating the suspects for a case of stealing weapons from an IDF vehicle in 2014, and alleged extortion and arson of businesses in Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market. A prior case of illegal weapons possession in a Tel Aviv kindergarten, which already led to one conviction, is also being investigated in connection with the arrests.
The investigation was conducted by a branch of the Lahav 433 National Crime Unit. In a statement the police said they have detained 12 suspects and one more suspect will have a court hearing on Wednesday.
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