The former ‘Godfather’ of Israel sentenced to 20 years in jail

Eitan Hiya, the one-time head of a New York-based Israeli crime organization was sentenced in the Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday to 20 years in prison on offense related to extortion and violence.

The 62-year-old’s sentence also included a NIS 2.5 million forfeiture along with a NIS 1.5 million fine.

Upon entering the court Thursday, Hiya said: "This is a democratic country, every day people are randomly sent to jail. I am also protected."


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