Widower From Botched Hit: 'Ticking Bomb Walked Among Us'

The previous attempt at Rami Amira's life was not successful - instead taking the life of an innocent bystander, who was hit by a stray bullet and died in her husband's arms.

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The previous attempt at Rami Amira's life was not successful - instead taking the life of an innocent bystander, who was hit by a stray bullet and died in her husband's arms.

On July 28, 2008, around 5 P.M., Amira and friends associated with the Yitzhak Abergil crime syndicate arrived at the Tubego restaurant on the Bat Yam beach. They took a table on the restaurant's terrace on the beach, surrounded by many other patrons.

About an hour and a half later, Ronen Ben Adi and another person arrived at the restaurant on a motorcycle they had just stolen from the Ramat Gan diamond exchange.

They walked into the restaurant without removing their helmets, with Ben Adi carrying a 9mm Glock pistol. The two walked up to Amira's table and opened fire.

Margarita Lautin with her husband and children, an hour before she was killed in Bat Yam.Credit: Reproduction: Moti Kimche

Amira and his friends fled toward the beach, but Ben Adi fired after them. One bullet hit Margarita Lautin, who was sitting on the beach with her husband and two daughters, straight in the chest, causing massive trauma to her heart and liver. She died in her husband's arms within minutes.

Amira was only slightly grazed by the bullets, and his friends escaped unharmed. The mobsters were being tailed at the time by an undercover unit and fraud squad detectives. The undercover police reported the hit attempt as it unfolded, but by the time the detectives got to the scene, it was too late for Lautin.

Ben Adi was caught as he tried to escape, together with his getaway driver, Shimon Sabach. The two were convicted and Ben Adi was sentenced to life in prison for the slaying and required to pay Lautin's daughters NIS 350,000 in compensation.

Profiting off death

Amira used Lautin's death on a number of occasions to build up his image. He gave many interviews on the attack, and has donated a Torah scroll to a Bat Yam synagogue, paying money for parts of it in Lautin's name.

Lautin's husband Alex told Haaretz yesterday he thought the police conduct in yesterday's slaying bordered on negligence.

"The guy was walking about when police knew he was a target, certainly after what happened to us, and didn't do a thing," he said. "They knew the writing was on the wall, but allowed a ticking bomb to go around freely. The fact he was killed without other casualties is sheer luck."

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