Israeli Affiliated With Major Organized Crime Ring Shot Dead in Panama

Gilad Ben-Shlomo, who was convicted of extortion by threats in Israel, is identified with high-profile Israeli delinquent Michael Mor's organization

An Israeli man affiliated with a major Israeli organized crime ring was shot dead on Friday in Panama City.

Gilad Ben-Shlomo, identified with high-profile Israeli delinquent Michael Mor, was convicted of extortion by threat, and was suspected in blackmailing Jewish businessmen in Central and South America in 2017.  

Israel Police, which were after him even after he had left the country, said that their representatives are in contact with the Panama Police, and that both teams are inspecting whether Ben-Shlomo was killed against the backdrop of his crimes in Panama or in Israel.

Ben-Shlomo's acquaintance told Haaretz that he had left Israel several years ago and wasn't involved in any crime organization since. He estimated that Ben-Shlomo's murder was linked to his activities in Panama.

According to a law enforcement source, members of Israeli organized crime rings have been moving abroad in recent years and operating from there. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said that Ben-Shlomo's case is handled by the ministry's Department of Israelis Abraod and that Israel's consul in Panama, Dana Lifshitz, is accompanying his family in transferring the body for burial in Israel.

This is the second murder case in the past month in which a person affiliated with Mor's organized crime ring has been killed. In October, a man in his 30s was killed when the car he was driving exploded outside Tel Aviv.