Israelis sentenced to 25 years in Thai prison for killing underworld rival
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Israelis sentenced to 25 years in Thai prison for killing underworld rival

Pair avoid death sentence after confessing to murder of Netanya crime boss Maor Malul on resort island of Koh Samui

Eyal Bokal (L) and Dolev Zuarez sit while in Thai police custody on January 22, 2018. (Screen capture/Hadashot news)
Eyal Bokal (L) and Dolev Zuarez sit while in Thai police custody on January 22, 2018. (Screen capture/Hadashot news)

Two Israeli men who confessed to slaying Netanya crime boss Maor Malul in Thailand earlier this year were sentenced by a Thai court on Monday to 25 years in prison for the crime.

Dolev Zuarez and Eyal Bokal confessed to carrying out the killing, which was caught on security cameras as the pair first rammed their victim with a jeep and then chased him down a street to fatally stab him.

Bokal’s family told Channel 10 television news that they were considering appealing to the Israeli Justice Ministry that the two be transferred to Israel to serve their sentence in their home country.

Footage of the incident released days after the attack showed Malul riding a motorbike with his wife sitting on the passenger seat as a vehicle crashes into them from behind on the resort island of Koh Samui.

The passenger is then seen getting out of the car and approaching Malul as he tried to help his wife. Malul took off down the street but was then hit again by the vehicle as it reversed down the road after him. The passenger, catching up with Malul, then stabbed him.

Malul was taken to a hospital in Bangkok, but resuscitation efforts failed. His wife was wounded, but no details were provided as to the extent of her injuries.

Bokal and Zuarez are believed to have fled Koh Samui by speedboat immediately after the incident, arriving at the nearby island of Surat Thani where they boarded a plane to Bangkok.

Using CCTV footage, Thai police were able to track their movements and arrested them on their arrival in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Local security forces also managed to recover the knife used in the killing as well as a suitcase belonging to the suspects.

The investigation into the incident pointed to an ongoing feud between crime syndicates in the coastal Sharon area of Israel.

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 Bokal’s brother, Baruch Bokal, a rival crime boss, but secured a plea deal after the prosecution stalled.

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