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Dutch court rules Israeli modeling agent to be extradited to face sex abuse charges

Israeli modeling agent Shai Avital (right) poses with models, during an event on a rooftop in Tel Aviv, on September 17, 2017. (Avshalom Sassoni/ Flash90/ File)
Israeli modeling agent Shai Avital (right) poses with models, during an event on a rooftop in Tel Aviv, on September 17, 2017. (Avshalom Sassoni/ Flash90/ File)

A Dutch court rules that modeling agent Shai Avital, arrested in Amsterdam in August over 26 sexual harassment complaints against him in Israel, can be extradited to Israel.

Israel’s extradition letter to Dutch authorities is based on two allegations against Avital including indecent acts, out of the 26 complaints against him. However, law enforcement officials claim that they possess strong evidence against the suspect in seven incidents.

The arrest in the Netherlands came more than a year after police issued an initial arrest warrant for Avital, who represented some of the country’s top models.

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