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Moshe Ben-Ivgi
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Argentina to extradite taxi driver's murderer to Israel

Moshe Ben-Ivgi fled to Argentina after being sentenced to 21 years in jail for his involvement in Derek Roth's murder, two robberies; extradition granted on robberies alone, State to appeal to Argentina's Supreme Court

An Argentinean Federal Court ruled on Tuesday that the country would extradite convicted murderer Moshe Ben-Ivgi to Israel. Ben-Ivgi murdered taxi driver Derek Roth in Herzliya in 1994.


Moshe Ben-Ivgi, then 15, was sentenced to 21 years in prison – 16 year for his part in Roth's murder and five additional years for two robberies he committed while on leave from prison.


During a leave after his sentencing, Ben-Ivgi fled to Argentina – a country which Israel has no extradition agreement with – but was later captured by the Argentinean police.


Israel has been petitioning for Ben-Ivgi extradition on both murder and a grand larceny charges for several years, but since according to Argentinean law a child can only be tried as an adult from the age of 16, and Ben-Ivgi committed the murder at the age of 14, he could be held criminally responsible for it.


The Argentinean Federal Court's hearing on the matter was conducted last Tuesday, when it was decided to grant Israel's extradition request for the larceny charges alone, effectively cutting short Ben-Ivgi's prison term in Israel.


Israel confirmed the report and said it would appeal to the Argentinean Supreme Court and demand the extradition be ordered for the murder conviction as well.


פרסום ראשון: 11.06.07, 20:27
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