Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court on Monday jailed two Border Police officers and an IDF solider for systematically robbing foreign workers at gunpoint, taking thousands of shekels in cash and personal items.
The three were convicted of a series of armed robberies in which they stole money, cellphones and other property from Eritrean and Chinese construction workers in 2014, the Ynet news website reported.
Off-duty border policemen Yosef Gadayev and Liron Foglef went on several occasions to Tel Aviv-area construction sites at night, pretending to carry out a routine check of migrants’ work permits.
The two then handcuffed the workers at gunpoint, using violence in some instances, and forced them to surrender their personal property. They were joined on one occasion by IDF soldier Chen Amira.
In total, the three stole NIS 13,000 (about $3,300) and several cell phones.
“The border policemen planned their actions in advance, exploited their position, uniform and weapons to illegally enter construction sites, demanding workers turn over their papers and property for inspection. Their actions are criminal under the law,” the judge said.
Gadayev and Foglef were each sentenced to three years in jail, while Amira received a 20-month term.
Ayelet Rozin Bat-Or of the State Prosecutor’s Office praised the verdict, saying Gadayev, Foglef and Amira had “harmed the most valuable asset of law enforcement — public trust in the police.”
Gadayev’s lawyer Idan Dvir said his client was considering an appeal against the sentence.