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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Joint Thai, Israeli operation ends in fugitive's arrest

Ben-David Levy, charged with double murder, armed robbery, lived in Thailand 8 years using Maldives passport, fake name.

An Israeli fugitive of justice, convicted of double murder and armed robbery in Belgium, was arrested in a district of Bangkok, Thailand. The joint operation was carried out between Israel's regional police chief and Thai officers, Thai newspaper The Nation reported on Tuesday.

Ben-David Levy, 41, had been living in Thailand for eight years under the alias Dmityry Milev and had a counterfeit Maldives passport. He was reportedly living with his Thai wife and two children, The Nation said.

After Interpol and Thai police searched for Levy for several years, Thailand was successfully able to track the fugitive down and, working with Israel's Asian Pacific Region police chief, Gaki Obet, arrest the fugitive.

At the time of the arrest, he was located at an apartment located in Soi Prachasongkhro 23, in Bangkok's Din Daeng district, the report said.

He is expected to be extradited to Israel in the coming days.