Southern Israeli mob kingpin Shalom Domrani and dozens of associates were indicted Thursday for their role in an ongoing gang war in the Ashdod area that has seen a series of murders, bombings, and shootings in the south in recent years.
The case was cracked after a mob enforcer who worked for Domrani turned informant, giving up his boss and bringing the organized crime family to its news.
Domrani himself faces two counts of attempted murder and a series of charges including conspiracy and firearms offenses. Two other crime family heads – Amos Lavi, who runs a Rehovot-based gang, and Yossi Edri of Ashdod, were also charged on Thursday for their alleged role in the gang war.
The Justice Ministry said on Thursday that they expect a total of 31 defendants to face charges in the case, which the Southern District police said is one of the biggest organized crime cases in years in Israel.
Earlier this month Domrani was arrested along with 28 other associates as part of “Case 8035”.
In January, Domrani was released from Ramon Prison after serving 15 months for tampering in the 2013 Netivot municipal elections.