BUDAPEST (Sep. 11)
Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for an Israeli citizen suspected of involvement in last year’s theft of a priceless collection from the Jewish Museum here, according to Hungarian media reports.
The man, identified as Arie Bakal, is a Romanian-born Israeli. The 51-year-old Bakal is reportedly a popular figure in the flea market in Jaffa, Israel.
He is the third suspect in what has been described as the biggest theft of Judaica of this century.
The precious items, which were stolen last December, were recently discovered in Romania and returned to Budapest, where they have again been put on display.
All the suspects have been described as of Romanian origin. One of them is being held by police in Germany and reportedly will be extradited to Budapest by mid-September.
The other is believed to be at large in Austria, and unlike the suspect in Germany, cannot be extradited to Hungary under existing law. The investigation into the theft is ongoing.