Crime

Key witness death rocks Olmert trial

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 7, 2013

The death of the main witness in ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert’s ‘Holyland’ trial is expected to have an impact on legal proceedings, even though the prosecution insists that the case will continue.

Mr Olmert is accused of accepting millions of shekels in bribes in return for approving a massive expansion of the Holyland housing project in Jerusalem.

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BA passenger’s wrong kind of hound luggage

By John Jeffay, March 7, 2013

A woman passenger was removed from a plane after she smuggled a dog on to a London-bound British Airways flight from Israel.

She managed to get the teacup-sized Yorkshire terrier past security at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport — which prides itself on having just about the strictest anti-terror measures in the world.

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Israel Embassy policeman admits abandoning post

By Oliver Wright, March 7, 2013

A police officer has admitted wilful misconduct after abandoning his duties when he was meant to be protecting the Israeli embassy in London.

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Police officer admits Israeli embassy misconduct charge

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2013

A police officer has admitted wilful misconduct after abandoning his duties when he was meant to be protecting the Israeli embassy in London.

Ricci Giff gave up his firearm and his CS spray while working for the diplomatic protection group outside the embassy in Kensington in 2011.

It is believed that he handed the weapon and the spray to an unknown person.

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Price tag attack staged by Palestinians say police

By Anna Sheinman, March 1, 2013

Israeli police announced on Thursday that an alleged settler “price tag” attack in the Arab village of Kusra in the West Bank last week was in fact staged by Palestinians.

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Salford sex suspect flees strict bail terms

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 1, 2013

A suspected Jewish sex offender from Salford is being tracked by police.

Salford-based Todros Grynhaus, 48, had pleaded not guilty to seven counts of sexual or indecent assault against children in December and was expected to be tried at Manchester Crown Court later this year.

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Rabbi Chaim Halpern released on bail

By Simon Rocker and Marcus Dysch, February 28, 2013

Rabbi Chaim Halpern and three other Orthodox men in north-west London who were arrested last week have been bailed by police to return later this month.

Rabbi Halpern, who heads the Divrei Chaim Synagogue in Golders Green, was questioned in connection with investigations into alleged sexual assault and perverting the course of justice.

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Volunteers catch serial offender

By Marcus Dysch, February 25, 2013

Members of volunteer security group Shomrim have helped bring to justice a habitual burglar who broke into a warehouse.

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Police seek fresh evidence on unsolved Leeds murder

By John Fisher, February 25, 2013

Leeds detectives re-examining the unsolved murder of a communal personality using the latest forensic technology have issued a renewed appeal for information.

John Luper, 57, died following a robbery at his home in February 2004. Police believe he was attacked by a group of up to five masked men as he walked his dog before being dragged back to his Sandmoor Drive property.

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Brooklyn sex text rabbi caught out in police sting

By Anna Sheinman and Dan Goldberg, February 21, 2013

A 59-year-old Brooklyn rabbi has been arrested in a police sting operation in which he allegedly attempted to meet a 14-year-old girl with whom he had been exchanging sexually explicit messages.

Rabbi Nathan David Rabinowich had in fact been sending messages to an undercover policeman, and he has now been charged with crimes including attempted rape, the New York Daily News reported.

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