Haredi arms dealer to be extradited to US

Eli Cohen, a resident of Benyamina identifying with the Parmishlan hassidic sect, will be deported to the US for illegal weapons dealing.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

F-16i fighter jet
F-16i fighter jet
Flash 90

Eli Cohen, a resident of Benyamina identifying with the Parmishlan hassidic sect, will be arrested in the US following a saga that has stretched over several years, Kikar Shabbat reported.

While presenting himself as an antique goods seller, US Security Authorities uncovered that he was, in fact, selling sensitive weapon parts to no less than Iran.

According to the indictment against him, Cohen exported substitute components for army missiles, personnel carriers and fighter jets from the US to Israel without permission. The illegal activity was perpetrated when Cohen was a resident of Israel. In addition, on two different occasions, he exported substitute parts for fighter jets from Israel to Iran, by way of Greece.

Cohen asserted, in his defense, that he held various permits from the Department of Defense to execute business deals for used and substitute parts with foreign governments and companies, and that he held no responsibility for where the parts ended up.

Up until now, even though he has served jail time, he has successfully evaded the clutches of American law, while being exonerated under the Israeli legal system. However, today (Sunday), the Supreme Court ruled that Cohen is to be deported to the US, where he is still wanted for his illegal activity.




top