Abduction Pranksters Give Two Differing Versions

Niv Assaraf and Eran Nagauker's versions of the staged 'abduction' last Thursday vary dramatically, source states Monday.

Tova Dvorin,

Nagauker (L) shortly before release
Nagauker (L) shortly before release
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Fake 'abudction' pranksters Niv Assaraf and Eran Nagauker have conflicting accounts of the faked kidnapping, sources involved in the investigation revealed late Monday - raising doubts about the motive behind the strange incident.

Assaraf claimed in a press conference following his release earlier Monday that he had not staged the abduction intentionally, and that he had merely wished to "disappear" after he was threatened by the mafia over money he won in gambling.

Be'er Sheva police later denied that Assaraf ever complained about being threatened; the statement also contradicts multiple reports that Assaraf was deep in debt - not celebrating a win.

Meanwhile, Eran Nagauker has denied ever calling the Moked 100 hotline to report Assaraf missing, instead insisting that he tracked down a police officer along the road where their car stalled to tell him his friend had disappeared.

Nagauker has also claimed that Assaraf staged the abduction, intentionally, as a romantic gesture to his ex-girlfriend - despite the fact that Assaraf's ex has said to multiple news agencies that he had taken their breakup the week before normally and without incident.

Both Assaraf and Nagauker were released from police custody on Monday, but only under several conditions.

Both are banned from leaving Israel for 30 days, according to Army Radio, and are barred from entering Judea and Samaria for six months.

Judge Chen Avital determined that each of them will be required to deposit 3,000 shekel ($765) in cash and pay a 10,000 shekel ($2550) bail.

The two will be indicted on Sunday; Nagauker, who is a driver in the IAF, is also set to be dishonorably discharged in coming weeks. 

The Jerusalem Magistrates Court is expected to indict the two on Sunday.




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