State to appeal extradition of murderer Ben-Ivgi

Follows Argentina's decision to hand over murderer of Israeli cabbie only on charges of robbery.

ben-ivgi 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
ben-ivgi 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
The State Attorney's Office said Wednesday it would appeal against Argentina's terms for the extradition of Moshe Ben-Ivgi, one of Israel's most infamous murderers, after Argentina's Federal Court decided to hand him over to Israel but stipulated that he not be extradited on charges surrounding the murder itself. Ben-Ivgi was a 14-year-old son to a well-to-do family when he and his friend, Arbel Aloni murdered taxi driver Derek Roth in 1994. The two confessed to hailing Roth's cab at random, directing him to an isolated location and then shooting the English-born cabdriver in the back of the head for no reason other than amusement. At their trial, the two were found guilty and each sentenced to 16 years in jail. But 10 years later, Ben-Ivgi managed, while out of jail on furlough, to flee the country using a forged passport. His destination was Argentina - a country famous for its lack of formalized extradition agreements with Israel. Nevertheless, Ben-Ivgi was arrested in Argentina six months later and convicted on drug-related charges. Argentina has fought Israel's extradition request for Ben-Ivgi, claiming that they cannot turn him over to continue serving his murder sentence in Israel because Argentina's age of culpability is 16, while Ben-Ivgi committed the murder when he was only 14. Ultimately, however, it seems that it is not for the murder that Ben-Ivgi will find his way back to an Israeli prison but for an armed robbery that he committed while on furlough years before he fled to Argentina. In 1998, while on furlough, Ben-Ivgi was arrested for robbing a grocery store and stabbing a 67-year-old woman - a crime he committed when he was 18. In addition, should Ben-Ivgi find his way back to Israel, he could also face an additional trial - this time for fleeing the country while on furlough.