Suspect arrested in major mob crackdown accused of poisoning Yoni Elzam in 2006

A Rishon Lezion District Court judge on Thursday ordered a 15-day remand for a man arrested during this week’s massive organized crime crackdown for allegedly poisoning Yoni Elzam in his prison cell in 2006, the night before he was scheduled to testify against a major mob figure.

Elzam, 22, died from cyanide before he was set to appear in court on behalf of the prosecution against Shimon Zarihan for the murder of underworld figure Hananya Ohana. At the time, Elzam was serving a life sentence for his own part in the murder.

While a gag order has prevented many details of the ongoing investigation from being released by the court, the unidentified suspect is one of 50 others arrested on Monday in “Case 512,” one of the nation’s largest organized crime busts in history.


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