An alleged Israeli gang leader on Interpol’s Red Notice for more than seven years was finally arrested in his hideout in Johannesburg on Thursday.
Gauteng Police spokesperson, Colonel Athlenda Mathe said the suspect belonging to notorious gang ‘Abergil Organisation’ was arrested by a multidisciplinary team led by Interpol South Africa, Organised Crime, Detectives, Crime Intelligence, and Special Task Force.
Col Mathe said the fugitive from justice and seven others had been arrested in a pre-dawn raid on an identified address in the affluent Bryanston suburb, north of Johannesburg.
“Twelve firearms, including 5 assault rifles and 7 pistols, as well as $40 000 and 3 suspected stolen motorcycles, were confiscated,” she said.
Col Mathe said the Israeli gang leader has been on Interpol’s Red Notice since 2015 wanted for conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder.
According to Israeli authorities, said Col Mathe, the suspect belongs to a notorious gang sought in connection with various crimes including dealing in drug trafficking, and extortion.
During two separate incidents in 2003 and 2004, this wanted suspect is alleged to have placed an explosive under the vehicle of a man in Israel.
Despite serious injuries, five people survived the explosion.
“The suspect also attempted to do the same with the same victim in the second incident by placing a bomb on top of a vehicle. Three people also sustained serious injuries.”