Dmitri Bogotich was arrested upon landing in Israel for heading a gang of neo-Nazis who engaged in hate crimes against homeless, foreign workers, and religious people.
Dmitri Bogotich, the man described as "Israel's first neo-Nazi soldier", landed in Israel on Monday and was immediately arrested, after being extradited from Kyrgyzstan.
Bogotich was arrested on suspicion of heading a gang of neo-Nazis – Patrol 36 - who engaged in hate crimes against the homeless, foreign workers, and religious people in Tel-Aviv and also in the suburb town of Petha-Tikva. He escaped to Russia immediately following his first investigation in the case in 2007, before the harshest attacks were even discovered.
The affair first came to light in September 2007, after police detained eight youngsters aged 16 to 21 on suspicion of assaulting various individuals, and mostly drug addicts, homosexuals, religious Jews, punks, and foreign workers. The gang sought out its victims near Tel Aviv's central bus station and Carmel market.
The gang would go out a little after midnight and find a victim to abuse. Drunk with power and alcohol, they would kick, punch and break things - documenting everything on cell-phone cameras. They selected their victims on the basis of neo-Nazi propaganda: dark-skinned people, foreign workers, drug addicts, homosexuals,ortodox jews and anyone else who was in their way.
On July 18, 2007, police investigators went to the apartment he shared with his mother in Tel Aviv and brought him in for questioning. By the next day, he had already fled the country.
On Israel's request, an international arrest warrant was issued against Bogotich, who apparently fled to Russia before being expelled to Kirgizstan. Bogotich was the only gang member who managed to escape.
In recent days he was arrested while traveling in the country and handed over to Israel.
Israeli police officers accompanied Bogotich on his flight to Israel and detained him upon landing in the country, proceeding to handcuff and chain him. He was later taken for an interrogation about his role in the neo-Nazi gang; eight of its members have already been convicted and are serving their sentences
Following the arrest, the commander of Israel's Central Police District, Bentzi Sau, said that "the Israel Police will reach anywhere in the world in order to nab the criminals. The citizens have someone they can count on, and the criminals have something to fear."
Click to view image: 'A member of the Neo-Nazi gang'
Click to view image: 'The Neo-Nazi gang (2007)'
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