CBI to bring Israeli drug dealer to Goa

August 17th, 2011 - 1:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Aug 17 (IANS) A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team will head for Peru Thursday to extradite Israeli drug dealer Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, a crucial link to Goa police-politician-drug mafia nexus.

The CBI team will oversee the extradition procedure and bring the Israeli drug dealer back to Goa for interrogation, CBI Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Pravin Salunke told reporters Wednesday.

“Once he (Atala) is extradited to India, the probe into the drug nexus will speed up,” Salunke said.

Atala, an Israeli national, was arrested in 2009 after his former Swedish girlfriend Lucky Farmhouse exposed his links to police officers.

The revelation by Farmhouse resulted in the arrest of Atala and seven police officers, who were suspended.

Atala, who was subsequently released on bail, later fled India in March 2010 and was untraceable until he was arrested in Peru months later.

Farmhouse also revealed the alleged links of Goa Home Minister Ravi Naik’s son Roy Naik to drug trade.

–Indo Asian news Service
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