CBI seeks custody of Israeli drug lord Atala
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Last Updated: Friday, September 09, 2011, 22:21
Panaji: CBI Friday sought custody of Israeli drug lord Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, who was recently brought here from Peru, in connection with policemen-politician-drug peddler nexus case.

Atala, a main link in the high profile case, was remanded in judicial custody on August 27 by the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Court here after he was brought from Peru by the CBI.

The agency, which has interrogated the fugitive once in the judicial lock-up, has sought his custody to get more details out of him about the nexus.

The NDPS court today heard the arguments by CBI's special prosecutor S R Rivonkar and adjourned the case till Tuesday. CBI officials said that Atala is a hardened criminal and it would require much more time to interrogate him.

The accused, who was caught on tape bragging about his links with the policemen, has not disclosed much information to CBI, which has taken over the case from state police.

The agency has sent Atala's laptop and mobile for scientific investigation to see whether any further leads could be achieved.

The fugitive, who has got a red corner notice issued against him, was carrying 11,000 euros and USD 3,000 with him when he was intercepted by Interpol at an airport in Peru, the officials said, adding that he possibly wanted to cross over to Columbia, which is considered a drug heaven.

The Israeli drug lord, who was arrested in Goa earlier, had jumped the bail in August last year and fled but was arrested in Peru in January this year.


First Published: Friday, September 09, 2011, 22:21

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