Today, March 16th, marks the one year anniversary of the breaking of the Sumitomo bank heist case. Yaron Bolandi, the only suspecct in the case was arrested one year ago today under suspicion of receiving over 20 million euros deposited in an account he held in Israel. Yolandi was quickly released on bail to home arrest in Holon. So what became of him? None of my sources have turned up a clue. Maybe if my Hebrew were better I could find out more.
Another man, 35 year old Aharon Abu Hamra, was arrested at the time but released. In what could be just a complete coincidence someone of the same name was assassinated on the streets of Holon four months later. From a blog posting dated July 16th, 2005:
This comes after another incident in Holon last night when a guy named Aharon Abu-Hamra was whacked. Abu-Hamra is considered one of the right-hand guys to Ze'ev Rosenstein, "The Shark", who is awaiting extradition to the States on drug smuggling charges. Apparently, Abu-Hamra had previously survived a couple of assassination attempts.
Regardless of this smoking gun and whether or not Israeli organized crime is master minding bank heists in London the questions remain: What is the current status of the investigation? What happened to Bolandi? What happened to the security guard? Where is the cleaning staff? Is the gang still in business? Are they targeting another bank today? Or did they actually make off with a sizable sum and are living it up in Costa Rica?