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Police say murder of real estate businessman solved, indictment to be filed

Charges to be brought against suspect Daniel Keidar, 64, in the deadly shooting of Eldad Peri last month; motive believed to be financial dispute

Real estate developer Eldad Peri poses for a picture in Jerusalem on February 26, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Real estate developer Eldad Peri poses for a picture in Jerusalem on February 26, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israel Police said Monday that it had solved a murder case in which a prominent real estate businessman was shot dead outside a synagogue last month in the central city of Rehovot.

A declaration of a coming indictment will be filed later in the day against a 64-year-old resident of the city of Rishon Lezion relating to the killing of Eldad Peri, police said in a statement

The suspect has been previously identified in Hebrew media as Daniel Keidar, who had invested in one of Eldad Peri’s projects that went bust.

Peri was shot dead on October 15 as he got out of his car near a synagogue he frequented.

Police described the ensuing investigation as “complex and multifaceted,” as the only initial testimony was that a man was spotted leaving the scene on a motorcycle. In addition, the list of potential suspects included hundreds of names due to “a financial dispute over real estate involving the victim.”

Without naming Keidar, police said Monday the suspect was arrested at his home three weeks after the shooting. There, investigators found a pistol that forensic analysis tied to the shooting and a motorcycle that is believed to have been used as the escape vehicle.

Since then, the suspect’s remand has been extended as needed, police said. In the coming days, prosecutors will file an indictment along with a request that the suspect be held until the end of legal proceedings.

Daniel Keidar, arrested on suspicion of the murder of prominent real estate developer Eldad Peri (Facebook)

Keidar, who does not have a criminal record, was arrested on November 7.

According to Hebrew-language reports, Keidar bought apartments for himself and his son in one of Peri’s developments in the central city of Lod.

The Kan public broadcaster published correspondence at the time that it said was from a WhatsApp group of buyers in one of Peri’s projects that had gone bust.

“I am shocked and still have a hard time digesting the impudence and stupidity… about 2.5 million shekels, 200%, went down the drain,” Keidar reportedly wrote.

Keidar’s Facebook page featured a post from two years ago in which he uploaded a photo of himself holding a gun and a target from a firing range, along with the caption: “Haven’t I already warned you not to mess with me?”

Investigators had reportedly been exploring several possible motives for the shooting, including that Peri was killed because he was deeply in debt. His real estate business had gone bankrupt over debts of hundreds of millions of shekels, and he was in deep personal debt as well.

Peri’s lawyer Benny Katz has said he was not been aware of any threats to his client’s life.

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