Ohana brothers and Charlie Shitrit ruled life in prison
Ohana brothers ruled lif
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Underworld figures Rafi and Moshe Ohana, as well as senior mob figure Charlie Shitrit, were sentenced to life terms in prison by the Tel Aviv District Court on Monday for the 2004 murder of Haim Shabi and the killing of Ramat Hasharon barber Tomer Shabbat.
In addition to the life terms, Rafi Ohana was sentenced to an additional 20 years incarceration. Moshe Ohana and Shitrit got another 10 years each.
According to the verdict from the beginning of the month, the three men ordered the execution of Shabi, whom they allegedly suspected of killing Rafi and Moshe's brother Hanania Ohana in 2003.
In 2006, hired assassin Yaron Sankar was convicted for the murders of Shabi and Shabbat. The assassin originally misidentified Shabbat as Shabi, who was the intended target.
Rafi Ohana was also convicted of the attempted murders of Shalom Domrani and Shimon Zrihan but was acquitted of involvement in crimes targeting slain mob man Ya'akov Alperon. Moshe Ohana was convicted for assisting in the attempted murder of Domrani. Shitrit was found guilty of murder, manslaughter and attempted murder but was found not guilty of attempts to harm members of the Alperon family.
The Ohana brothers' trial was suspended because Sankar was being tried separately. As a result, Sankar could not testify against the brothers while his own trial was taking place. In the meantime, they remained in prison, having been remanded in custody until the end of the judicial proceedings.
Shitrit and the Ohana brothers were all planning to appeal the ruling to the High Court.
Dan Izenberg contributed to this report
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