The International Department of the State Prosecutor announced that today (Wednesday) Argentina would be extraditing one of taxi driver Derek Roth's murderers back to Israel. Argentina's Supreme Court, however, has ruled that Moshe Ben-Ivgi may be extradited to Israel on a previous robbery charge, which he had committed during a furlough from prison, though not for the Roth murder.
Ben-Ivgi and a friend, Arbel Aloni, were convicted of the 1994 murder of taxi driver Derek Roth in Herzliya. Both boys were 14 at the time of the killing. In 1996 both were sentenced to 16 years in prison. However, 1998, while on furlough from detention, the two committed an armed robbery and were sentenced to an additional five years. In May of 2004, Ben-Ivgi, while on another furlough, fled Israel for Argentina, where he was arrested a few months later. Israel asked that Argentina extradite him for Roth's murder.
Argentina ruled that he could be extradited for the robbery only, since according to Argentinian law, a suspect cannot be extradited for fleeing their home country and because the age of majority for which an individual can be held responsible for a crime is 16.