Failed assassination
Photo: Moti Kimchi

Suspects arrested in attempt on crime-boss Alperon's life

Two months after an explosion targeting underworld boss Nissim Alperon shook Tel Aviv police arrest two known criminals, however, in absence of witness, chances of conviction remain slim

Two months after a motorcyclist placed an explosive charge on a vehicle carrying crime-boss Nissim Alperon in Tel Aviv, police have arrested two suspects for the attempted assassination.


However, with the suspects denying the allegations, and the lack of eye witnesses, it is doubtful whether police will be able to place the suspects at the scene of the crime. Alperon, of course escaped the event - which left three injured and two suffering from shock.


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The two suspects, Liron Tirey, 30, of Tel Aviv and David Cohen, 20, of Herzliya, vehemently deny any connection to the Tel Aviv explosion, which took place last January.


המכונית המפויחת (צילום: אולגה לביא )

Scene of the crime (Photo: Olga Lavi)


According to their lawyer, "it is a shame that the police is in such a rush to arrest people that it didn’t have time to go over the facts."


Nonetheless, the two will be remanded for an additional five days. In his decision, the judge wrote that he believed there were decent chances that the two did in fact commit the act of which they stand accused.


The two were arrested Monday on charges of conspiracy to commit a crime, and possession of fire-arms.


Their identity, as well as some of the investigation details, became known on Tuesday during their arraignment in the Tel Aviv Magistrate Court at the request of their lawyer and despite the police's effort to keep the circumstances of their arrest under raps.


The lawyer had revealed that the two had been interrogated by the police, thus forcing the reluctant police to reveal their suspicion regarding the two's involvement in Alperon's assignation attempt.


The investigation was first led by Tel Aviv's Central Unit and latter passed to the police's fraud unit.


Monday, the unit's forces arrived at the suspect's houses, warrants in hand, and took them into custody in connection with an assault, refusing to reveal any additional information.


During their arraignment, the police refused to answer their lawyer's question whether the two planned the attack together, rather preferring to pass the victim's name onto the judge on paper. However, it was revealed that the two were interrogated by the unit yesterday in connection to the assassination.



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