Israeli Police Arrest Six Over Underworld Assassinations

The assassinations are related to battles for control of the so-called gray market (non-bank) lending in central Israel, between the organizations of Yitzhak Abergil and Yossi Musli.

Scene of the car blast in Tel Aviv, October 16, 2016.
Moti Milrod

Police detained six suspects Wednesday in connection with a so-called 1131 affair, involving the assassinations and an attempt to murder a state’s witness. Five other suspects have been arrested Wednesday .

Law enforcement asked a court to extend some of the suspects' arrests. A gag order has been imposed on the details.

To date it has been permitted to report only that the murders of Jordan Azoulay, Sharon Mizrahi, Yitzhak Geffen, Mor Algrabli, Rami Amira and Bar Cohen have been under investigation. The assassinations are related to battles for control of the so-called gray market (non-bank) lending in central Israel, between the organizations of Yitzhak Abergil and Yossi Musli.

FILE PHOTO: Crime boss Yitzhak Abergil
Israel Police

Some of the assassinations, which have claimed the lives of 14 people in all, were related to the defection of criminals from Abergil’s organization to Musli’s.

Two months ago the State Prosecutor submitted an indictment against Moti Hassin, seen as a successor to Abergil, who is serving a prison sentence, and five additional criminals for their alleged involvement in four acts of murder.

Along with Hassin, brothers Shlomo and Ofir Niamchik, and three other suspects have been indicted.

The indictments tells the story of the involvement of the six suspects in the acts of murder, in an attempted murder with a booby-trapped car, their alleged possession of various combat weapons stashed above a kindergarten and the theft of weapons from an Israel Defense Forces officer.

According to the indictment, Hassin and the Niamchiks are identified with the crime organization headed by Yitzhak Abergil, and another suspect was identified with the “West Rishon Letzion” gang, suspected of involvement in criminal activity in that city.