Two Reputed Mobsters to Remain in Custody as Third Set Free

Amir Mulner is being held over Panama drug ring, Ze'ev Rosenstein for triple murder; Dror Alperon released.

A Ramle court on Thursday extended the remand of two reputed crime dons allegedly involved in ongoing drug smuggling and murder scandals, while a third mafia criminal was set free from custody.

Top crime boss Amir Mulner, a chief suspect in the "North Star" Panama drug smuggling affair, will remain custody for six more days.

Mulner is suspected of heading an international drug smuggling network that recently attempted to smuggle 108 kilograms of cocaine from Panama to Israel.

The court has also extended the remand of the other suspects in the affair, among them Uri Luzon, who is considered Mulner's right-hand man.

The court simultaneously extended the remand period of mafia head Ze'ev Rosenstein by 10 days.

Rosenstein is suspected of orchestrating a triple murder in Tiberias in 2001. Rosenstein was escorted to the court under heavy security Thursday afternoon where he fervently denied the allegations against him.

Meanwhile, Dror Alperon, son of slain mafia leader Ya'akov Alperon, was released Thursday from prison after being held in custody for only two days.

Alperon was arrested at the Ben-Gurion airport immediately upon his arrival from vacation abroad on suspicion of involvement in an internet casino extortion affair.