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Notorious mobster Zeev Rosenstein freed from prison

Mobster Zeev Rosenstein wins early release from prison and is freed on parole after over 16 years.

Rosenstein, at one time Israel’s most wanted criminal, was arrested in 2004 and extradited to the United States over drug trafficking charges in 2006. He was sentenced to 17 years in prison, which he has been serving out in Israel.

In 2003, rival crime groups targeted Rosenstein in a bomb attack on a Tel Aviv street. Although Rosenstein survived the hit attempt, three innocent bystanders were killed and 18 injured in the blast, which occurred at the height of the Second Intifada, when Israelis were targeted by repeated Palestinian suicide bombings.

Underworld kingpin Ze’ev Rosenstein is seen at court in Ramleh, south of Tel Aviv, on January 12, 2010 (Yossi Zeliger / FLASH90)
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