Court clears Alperon of assaulting police officer

Judge finds detective failed to show ID when entering alleged organized crime figure's home, has history of excessive force complaints.

311_gavel (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Alleged gangster Dror Alperon was found not guilty of attacking a police officer by Kfar Saba Magistrate's Court on Sunday.
According to the original indictment, Alperon was accused of expelling detective Nissan Ben-Aruya from his home by force, when he came to investigate suspicions of Alperon's involvement in criminal activity in 2008.
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Ben-Aruya, the son-in-law of Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, has had several complaints filed against him for use of excessive violence in the last few years, all of which were closed without being brought to trial.
Aharonovitch has taken several opportunities in the past few months to publicly show support for police officers convicted of using unsanctioned violence against criminal suspects.
Judge Michael Karishan of the court accepted the basic version of events presented by Alperon's defense lawyer in reaching his verdict.