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Son of ex-minister Rehavam Ze’evi among two charged in cold case murder of teen

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The son of former minister Rehavam Ze’evi was named Sunday as one of the two men charged last week in connection with the 1986 murder of a teen linked to convicted sex offender Eliezer Berland’s Shuvu Bonim sect.

Binyamin Ze’evi and Shuvu Bonim follower Baruch Sharvit were indicted Friday over the murder of 17-year-old Nissim Shitrit in 1986. Shitrit’s body was never found and the charges were the first made in connection with his death.

A statement released on behalf of Ze’evi on Sunday denied that he had murdered the teen: “I did not murder anyone and the truth will eventually be revealed.”

The statement additionally said that the “suspicions against Mr. Ze’evi are based on a single testimony of one of the community members (Baruch Sharvit) on the basis of instructions he received from a rabbi at a meeting while detained.”

Last month, the Kan public broadcaster reported that Sharvit met with Berland in the interrogation room, where the sect leader instructed his follower to provide information to the investigators.

Known by the nickname “Gandhi,” Rehavam Ze’evi was a politician for the far-right Moledet party. He was shot dead in 2001 by Palestinian gunmen from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group at Jerusalem’s Hyatt Hotel. An investigative TV report in 2016 published allegations of rape and intimidation against the former general.

Prosecutors on Friday asked for Binyamin Ze’evi and Sharvit to remain in detention until the end of legal........

© The Times of Israel

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