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Police chief: 'No sign of rise in violence'
dan izenberg and staff
Justice Ministry Russia
Israel Police Insp.-Gen. Dudi Cohen on Monday said the brutal murder of the Oshrenko family last month, allegedly by Dimitri Olegovich Kirilik, was not indicative of the level of violence in Israeli society. Police suspect Kirilik, a Russian immigrant, of carrying out Israel's worst act of multiple-homicide last month, in which six members of the Oshrenko family, including two young children, were brutally stabbed to death in their Rishon Lezion home. "I do not think this is indicative. This is a single incident, and I do not believe we will see such cases in the near future. This is a single incident that isn't indicative of the level of violence in Israel," Cohen told reporters. "I do not recall a murder of three generations, that is why Israel Police appointed one of its best units [to investigate the case]," the police chief said at a press conference. The Justice Ministry, meanwhile, said Israel received no information from Russia to indicate that 39-year-old Kirilik was dangerous or that there was any special urgency regarding his case, compared with other extradition requests. The ministry was asked to explain why it had not dealt with the request which was initially submitted by Russia more than two years ago. Russian authorities asked for Kirilik's extradition towards the end of 2007, the Justice Ministry said. He was wanted for a 2003 robbery in which several people took part, and was charged with using a toy rifle. One person was injured in the incident. Kirilik left Russia following the robbery. It was only in the second half of 2008 that Russian authorities sent copies of the evidence upon which the suspicions against Kirilik were based. Until it received the information, the Justice Ministry could not have begun to examine the case even if it had wanted to. The Justice Ministry added that extradition procedures are complicated and require a series of examinations to determine whether there is a legal basis to ask the court for an extradition order. "The order in which extradition requests are processed depends on an order of priorities involving a long list of considerations, just like the requests Israel makes to other countries," the ministry wrote.
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