Israeli mob boss extradited from Argentina, to face attempted murder charge

Suspect reported to be Yaakov Shimon, a member of the Abergil crime family and considered one of the most ruthless gangsters in Israel

Yaakov Shimon seen during a court hearing in Jerusalem on May 03, 2012 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Yaakov Shimon seen during a court hearing in Jerusalem on May 03, 2012 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

An Israeli was extradited to Israel from Argentina on Thursday to face trial for attempted murder and conspiracy.

The Justice Ministry said the suspect was taken into custody at Ben Gurion Airport by officers from the Lahav 433 serious crimes unit and will appear at the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court on Friday for a hearing on the extension of his remand.

The Justice Ministry did not name the suspect, but the Ynet news site reported it was Yaakov “Akka” Shimon, a member of the notorious Abergil crime family.

The Israel Police announced in December Shimon had been arrested by Argentine police after an international warrant was issued by the State Attorney’s Office on charges of attempted murder and conspiracy.

A spokesman for the Israel Police said at the time that Shimon was involved in murder, attempted murder, and drug trafficking in Israel and that his arrest was made possible by intelligence work done by Israel’s police attache in South America and the Argentinian police.

He was wanted in Israel for his role in Case 1131, an investigation by the top crime-fighting unit Lahav 433 that dealt with a series of assassinations and attempted killings by Abergil and the rival Mosli mafia, in which at least 14 people died.

Shimon, who in the past has been called by the Hebrew-language press “the most dangerous man in Israel,” was considered the heir apparent of the Abergil family following the extradition of its leader, Yitzhak Abergil, to the US in 2011.

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