Title: Rosenstein indicted for killing three

Imprisoned underworld kingpin charged with murder, 2 counts of manslaughter of criminal rivals in 2001.

rosenstein stands court  (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
rosenstein stands court
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Underworldkingpin Ze'ev Rosenstein was charged with one count of murder and two counts ofmanslaughter on Tuesday, over the killings of three criminal rivals as they saton the beach in Tiberias in 2001.
Rosenstein, who is currently serving a 12-year sentence inAyalon Prison in Ramle for an American conviction on Ecstasy trafficking, wasinitially linked to the three murders by a suspect arrested during a massivepolice raid on a cocaine smuggling ring this past September.
The suspect, one of 26 people arrested during September'sraid, turned state's witness, and told police Rosenstein had ordered themurders of underworld figures Rafi Weitzman, David Ben-Mergi and Sharon Musawi,in revenge for an alleged attempt to have Rosenstein killed in 1996. The threemen were shot dead from close range as they sat on the beach.
Rosenstein was arrested at first in late September, butpolice struggled to assemble enough evidence based on the state witness'stestimony. In recent days, however, the Central Police District's Central Unitsucceeded in recruiting a second state witness, a man said to belong to thecriminal underworld, who also linked Rosenstein to the murders.
If convicted, Rosenstein, who was born in 1954, isexpected to remain behind bars for the rest of his life.