Greece frees Israeli arrested on ‘mistaken’ Interpol warrant, but he can’t leave yet

Greece releases an Israeli man from detention but temporarily prohibits him from leaving the island of Rhodes, where he has been held for 14 days due to what he and Israel claim is a mistaken Interpol warrant.

The court orders that Dudi Ashkenazi remain in Rhodes until a final decision on his fate is made.

He arrived on vacation with his wife last month and was detained for alleged drug offenses committed in Peru in 2012.

Israel has told Greek authorities that the photo on the Interpol warrant doesn’t match Ashkenazi, and that the whole ordeal has been a mistake.

The Walla news site reports that Ashkenazi wasn’t in Peru in 2012 and that a salary slip from the same month as the alleged offense shows he was in Israel at the time, working as a driver for the Dan bus company.

His attorney Morachai Tzivin says he doesn’t expect the Greek courts to extradite his client to Peru, adding that Ashkenazi may be due compensation over the apparent mistake.

“There is a possibility of getting financial compensation from Interpol for gross negligence over its decision to put out the international arrest warrant.”

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