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Lior Avi, An Israeli drug smuggler repatriated to home country

An Israeli national, who was convicted in a drugs smuggling case, was on Thursday repatriated to his home country.

The extradition formalities of the Israeli national, Lior Avi Ben Moyal, were completed and he was handed over to Israeli authorities in Mumbai on Thursday from where he was flown to Israel.

Moyal was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in February 2005 in a drug smuggling case. He was later convicted by a court here in July 2011 and sentenced to 16 years of rigorous imprisonment. He was lodged in the Burail jail here.

Police officials said that Moyal, who was part of an international drugs cartel, would spend the remainder three years of prison sentence in a prison in Israel.

The Home Ministry has recently cleared the case of Moyal’s repatriation to Israel under a treaty signed between India and Israel under the Repatriation of Prisoners Act, 2013.

A Czech Republic national, Andreevi Jiri, and Kullu (Himachal Pradesh) resident, Narender Kumar, were also arrested by the NCB along with Moyal.

The NCB had recovered contraband (Charas) worth Rs 45 crore in the international market from them.

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