Israeli Crime Boss Yitzhak Abergil Strikes Plea Bargain With U.S. Court

According to proposed deal, Abergil will be convicted of involvement in murder, money laundering and extortion and dealing Ecstasy; brother Meir was released last year after reaching a deal.

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A U.S. court is expected to approve the plea bargain reached by Israeli crime boss Yitzhak Abergil and the prosecution on Tuesday, according to which he will be convicted of involvement in murder, drug dealing, money laundering and extortion, and will be sentenced for ten years.

Abergil and his brother Meir were extradited to the U.S. in 2011 after a six year long police investigation, along with the cooperation of American authorities.

The brothers were indicted in a Los Angeles courthouse in July 2008 with three counts of money laundering and extortion, involvement in the murder of Israeli drug dealer Sami Attias and dealing Ecstasy.

News on the upcoming plea bargain comes a year after his brother Meir reached a plea bargain with the U.S. authorities. Meir was sentenced to 42 months in prison for heading a crime organization, but the court considered the three years he served in Israeli and U.S. at the time of the trail and he was released
Abergil will likely serve his setence in an Israeli prison.

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Yitzhak Abergil in Israeli district court, Jerusalem, July 28, 2009.Credit: Tess Scheflan