Crime Boss Wants Back to U.S. Prison, Israeli Court Says No

Yitzhak Abergil came back to Israel in January after serving part of his sentence in the U.S. Now he wants to go back to America.

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The Jerusalem District Court has rejected the request of incarcerated crime boss Yitzhak Abergil to return United States to serve out his sentence, Channel 10 reported Tuesday.

Abergil returned to Israel in January after spending three years in prison in the U.S., where he was sentenced to eight and a half years on charges of murder, drug dealing, money laundering and blackmail in 2012.

One month ago, Abergil asked the court permission to go back on his decision to serve out his sentence in an Israeli prison. He made the request because of harsh imprisonment conditions, according to Ynet. The crime kingpin claimed that he was suffering harassment, and that he was being kept in isolation against his will.

Judge Yoram Noam ruled Tuesday that Abergil was transferred to Israel according to the law, with his agreement, and that he cannot change his mind after taking that step, Channel 10 reported.

Abergil was arrested in Israel in August 2008, together with his brother Meir, following an extradition request from American authorities, where they were wanted in connection to the murder of Israeli drug dealer Sami Atias and other crimes.

The brothers were extradited to America in 2011, where each eventually reached separate plea bargains. Meir was sentenced to three and a half years on top of time served (three years) in Israel and the United States.

Yitzhak Abergil alighting from plane that returned him from the U.S. to Israel to serve out the three years remaining on his prison sentence for murder and other offenses, January 30, 2014.Credit: Israel Police

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