Argentina extradites convicted Israeli rapist

Israeli man who was convicted of serious sex crimes and fled to Argentina sent back to Israel.

arrest  311 R (photo credit: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard )
arrest 311 R
(photo credit: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard )
An Israeli man who fled to Argentina after being convicted of serious sex crimes was extradited to Israel on Tuesday.
The defendant, who is in his 40s and cannot be named because of a media gag order, was convicted in the Tel Aviv District Court in 2008 on multiple charges of rape and sexual assault against his two daughters, daughter-in-law and another woman.
Although the defendant was initially remanded in custody after his arrest, during the trial the court agreed to his lawyer’s request to release him to house arrest. After his conviction and while waiting to be sentenced, the defendant asked permission to leave the house to meet with his lawyer, but instead used the opportunity to flee to Europe using his brother’s passport.
From Europe, he flew to Argentina.
Israel’s authorities issued an international arrest warrant for the defendant and the Argentine police launched an extensive manhunt, finally arresting him as he tried to cross from Argentina into Brazil.
In November 2008, the International Department of the State Attorney’s office filed an extradition request, but the defendant appealed to the Supreme Court against the extradition decision. However, in September, the defendant told the Israeli authorities that he would agree to extradition proceedings.
Following his extradition, the defendant’s rape trial will resume in Israel.