Police: Alleged Gangster Wants $250,000 to Testify for State

Yaron Senker, who has been indicted in connection with a string of organized crime hits, has reportedly asked for $250,000 to turn state's evidence.

Chief Superintendent Avi Neuman, who heads the interrogation department at the Tel Aviv Central Unit, testified in the Tel Aviv District Court yesterday that Senker had given him the impression that "he wants to, but is scared."

Neuman said he urged Senker during interrogation to quit his criminal life and told him the police would help him.

"He blurted out that he wants $250,000," Neuman told the court.

The defense, which had previously claimed the police had initiated the proposal to turn state's evidence, asked Neuman to explain how his testimony fits with Senker's statement to investigators, "I'd rather shoot myself in the head than do what you're thinking."

"I don't know what he was thinking," Neuman replied.

The prosecution claims Senker joined with brothers Rafi and Moshe Ohana to kill several people who were directly or indirectly involved in the 2003 murder of their brother, Hanania Ohana.

Yonatan Elzam was convicted in that murder. He was recently found dead in his prison cell the day before he was scheduled to testify against a co-denfendant, Shimon Zarihan.