Israeli criminal stabbed to death in Thailand

Car crashes into motorbike on which Maor Malul, recently released from prison in Israel, was riding with wife; man gets out and stabs them

The island of Ko Samui. (iunewind/iStock via Getty Images)
The island of Ko Samui. (iunewind/iStock via Getty Images)

An Israeli man was stabbed to death in Thailand, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday.

Maor Malul, 33, was riding a motorbike on the island of Koh Samui, with his wife behind him, when a vehicle crashed into them from behind, according to a ministry statement.

A man then got out of the car and started stabbing the couple.

Malul was transferred to a hospital in Bangkok, but resuscitation efforts failed.

His wife was injured, but no details were provided as to the extent of her injuries.

Malul had recently been released from prison in Israel after having been convicted and sentenced to 20 months for aggravated assault.

He was suspected of having tried to murder a crime boss but secured a plea deal due to problems with witnesses, the Walla news site reported.

Police believed that Malul belonged to the Zuaretz gang, which has been fighting another group for hegemony in the area of coastal Netanya.

Malul’s brother Avi was shot to death at close range outside his home in 2015.

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