Gor Finkelstein faces new charges of ordering the killing of a state witness to prevent him from testifying.
Attorney Gor Finkelstein, accused by police in May of launching several failed bomb and arson plots, was rearrested in prison on Saturday on suspicion of ordering the killing of a state witness to prevent him from testifying.
Finkelstein was arrested at the Sharon prison and his father, Yitzhak, was also taken into custody following intelligence gathered by the police and the Prison Service in an undercover operation.
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Immediately prior to his arrest Saturday night, Finkelstein's father, Yitzhak, had allegedly transferred cash to a undercover police agent, which police suspect was intended to pay for the hit on the state witness.
In his ruling, Judge Aran Koton wrote that there was reasonable suspicion and grounds for extending Finkelstein's custody.
Judges at the Haifa Magistrates' Court ruled on Sunday to extend Finkelstein's custdoy.
The court also ruled that Finkelstein's father, Yitzhak, remain in custody until July 20th.
The suspect's attorney, Avi Himi, protested Yitzhak's extension of custody, and told the court that Yitzhak had acted as a messenger and as the "right hand" for his son since his arrest three months ago, receiving funds from his son on several occassions.
"That does not mean that [Yitzhak] knew anything or even part of anything of any plans that were developed inside the prison," Himi said.
"About the meeting that took place yesterday [between Yitzhak Finkelstein and the undercover police agent], the undercover agent raised all kinds of topics because he knew he was recording [Finkelstein's] father... It does not mean that the father knew about anything specific," Himi added.
Himi also said that Gor Finkelstein had told his father that the money transfers were connected with private investigators who were gathering evidence to help his defense.
"There is no evidential basis to suspect him in attempted murder," Himi said.
Himi asked the court to send Gor Finkelstein for a psychiatric examination. The court obliged.
Finkelstein, a prominent Tel Aviv real estate lawyer, was first arrested in May on suspicion of hiring a Jaffa-based mob to bomb the Scientology Center building in Jaffa for financial gain. When the alleged plot, involving a truck filled with gas balloons and 300 liters of gasoline failed, the men were ordered to try and set the building on fire, police said. That alleged attempt resulted in failure as well.
Finkelstein is also suspected of sending the men on failed bids to kill a senior Tel Aviv municipality official, Sota Hovel, who had disrupted his financial plans for the Scientology building.
He is also suspected of sending men to kill his ex-wife's partner.
Very messy business.