Another Mob Hit Claims Life as PM Calls Meet on Crime

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert plans to convene a special meeting on organized crime tomorrow. His announcement coincided with yesterday's assassination of yet another underworld figure.

Nati Ohayon, a 27-year-old with ties to the Abutbul crime family, was shot dead in Netanya by an unknown assailant who fled from the scene on a motorcycle. Ohayon's friend Rami Maimon was moderately wounded in the shooting.

However, Olmert had been planning to convene the meeting ever since the killing of alleged crime kingpin Ya'akov Alperon a few weeks ago. The session will focus on what new legislation, technologies or other resources, if any, are needed to fight organized crime more effectively, and on how to improve cooperation among the relevant agencies.

Participants will include Public Security Minister Avi Dichter, Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann, Finance Minister Roni Bar-On, Attorney General Menachem Mazuz and Police Commissioner David Cohen.

Yesterday's assassination took place at around 7:15 P.M. When police arrived at the scene, they found the two victims, both of whom had been shot at close range, in a vehicle.

Paramedics pronounced Ohayon dead on the spot and evacuated Maimon to Laniado Hospital in Netanya.

Police said the motorcyclist apparently ambushed his victims as they exited the home of a friend, who also has ties to organized crime.

Chief Superintendent Ron Gartner of the Netanya Police said the investigation was still in its preliminary stages and the reasons for the killing were not yet clear.

"We are gathering intelligence and combing the area for the shooter," he said.

Police have been concerned about the possibility of an all-out underworld war erupting ever since Alperon, 54, was killed in a car bombing in Tel Aviv last month.