A court in Thailand sentenced two Israelis, Eyal Bokel-brother of Baruch Bokel, who is the head of a crime syndicate in Netanya – and Dolev Zuarez, to 25 years in prison for the murder
of the Israeli criminal Maor Malul on the island of Ko Samui, said an inner source Monday.
The two ran Malul over with a jeep and then struck him several times in January of this year.
This sentence is considered mild in Thailand, because the two could have received the death penalty for a premeditated murder.
Video of the incident where Malul was killed
Video that documents the murder shows a car that hits the moped that Malul and his wife were driving. Malul is then seen to get up to help his wife, but then he runs back when the car is reversing. A few seconds later, the car hits Malul, who tries to escape.
Then a man is seen in black who comes out of the car with a knife and chases him. This was probably the point where Malul was stabbed. The attacker then sees the car coming in and escapes from the scene.
Thai media reported that the two suspects had left their vehicle three kilometers from the scene, near the beach of Bophut on the northern part of the island, and fled to a wooded area. The Thai press added that the police questioned two Israelis who were staying at the Ark Bar hotel because the car was registered in one of their names.
Thai media reported that Bokel and Zuarez had succeeded in taking a motorboat from Ko Samui to Surat Thani, where they took a Thai Airways flight to Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok. There they were arrested by the Thai immigration police that same day around 22.30.
A day later, the two were fascinated and surrounded by Thai police officers. A video showed all the baggage spread, while the police forces around them were being used. In another video three kitchen knives were stained with blood and another plastic knife.
Jacky Sagroun, the lawyer representing Bokel and Zuarez in Israel, declined to comment.
In August 2015, Malul and an accomplice, Ron Shevach, tried to kill Baruch Bokel, a Netanya criminal.
According to a complaint filed against them, Malul and Shevach Boxel ambushed as he went home on his motorcycle. Malul, who drove a Toyota, accelerated and hit the Bokel. Shevach, sitting in the back seat, got out of the car with a loaded gun and wore a mask.
Shevach and Bokel fought for control of the gun, which gave off, with a bullet that hit Bokel in his left thigh. Still, Bokel managed to wrestle away the gun and remove the mask from Shevach.
Bokel also shot a shot on the road "to make the gun work" in case the two re-attacked him before being taken to hospital in a serious condition.
A few months before that assassination, Avi Malul, the brother of Maor, was shot dead in Kfar Yona.
The brother of Bokel was also the target of an explosive that seriously injured him. His Netanya company was also a target of arson.
In a plea bargain, Malul was convicted for help with an aggravated battery and sentenced to only 20 months in prison. The case failed in critical evidence and the plaintiff was anxious the methods of the police would be exposed during the trial.