Talks advance over Israeli ‘mistakenly’ held in Greece on Interpol warrant — lawyer

The lawyer for an Israeli man arrested in Greece for alleged drug trafficking expressed high hopes Friday that his client would soon be recognized as a victim of mistaken identity and freed.

Nir Yaslovitzh said he presented documents to Justice Minister Konstantinos Tsiaras and Attorney General Vasilias Milanunis that proved Dudi Ashkenazi, 52, is not the suspect wanted by Interpol and police in Peru.

“The meeting was positive and very good,” Yaslovitzh told the Walla news site. “If I was optimistic beforehand, I’m even more optimistic now [that my client will be released].”

Ashkenazi was arrested on an Interpol warrant while vacationing last week on a warrant for a dual Israeli-Azerbaijani citizen also named Dudi Ashkenazi who allegedly trafficked drugs between Peru and Russia in 2012.

The Ashkenazi who was arrested has been jailed on the Greek island of Kos. He will be brought before a panel of judges in Rhodes on Tuesday for a hearing on his appeal against the arrest.

He, his family and the Israeli government maintain that he did not commit the crimes. He has said that he was celebrating his daughter’s bat mitzvah at the time of the alleged crimes and was not in Peru, Channel 12 news reported.

His wife has said he does not hold Azerbaijani citizenship.

An image of the suspect wanted by Interpol for drug-related offenses in Lima, Peru, on June 16, 2012. (Courtesy)

According to Channel 12, Israeli police told Interpol they believe Greece has arrested the wrong man after discovering that the warrant contains the identification number of another individual with the same name.

At a hearing in Rhodes on Monday, Greek prosecutors did not explicitly reject Ashkenazi’s claim but said they wanted to investigate further, Ynet said then.

That same day, the Foreign Ministry contacted the Greek foreign ministry after the photo attached to the warrant was released, saying his arrest was likely a result of misidentification.

Yaslovitzh has reportedly sent Greek officials an additional corroborative letter from the Foreign Ministry incorporating updated information from Israeli authorities and Interpol.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid spoke with Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias on Wednesday and requested Ashkenazi’s immediate release.

It’s not (only) about you.

Supporting The Times of Israel isn’t a transaction for an online service, like subscribing to Netflix. The ToI Community is for people like you who care about a common good: ensuring that balanced, responsible coverage of Israel continues to be available to millions across the world, for free.

Sure, we’ll remove all ads from your page and you’ll gain access to some amazing Community-only content. But your support gives you something more profound than that: the pride of joining something that really matters

Join the Times of Israel Community

Join our Community

Already a member? Sign in to stop seeing this

You’re a dedicated reader

That’s why we started the Times of Israel ten years ago – to provide discerning readers like you with must-read coverage of Israel and the Jewish world.

So now we have a request. Unlike other news outlets, we haven’t put up a paywall. But as the journalism we do is costly, we invite readers for whom The Times of Israel has become important to help support our work by joining The Times of Israel Community.

For as little as $6 a month you can help support our quality journalism while enjoying The Times of Israel AD-FREE, as well as accessing exclusive content available only to Times of Israel Community members.

Thank you,
David Horovitz, Founding Editor of The Times of Israel

Join Our Community

Join Our Community

Already a member? Sign in to stop seeing this

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.