- The Washington Times - Monday, December 20, 1999

JERUSALEM Israeli police yesterday arrested a teen-ager wanted by Toronto police for his reputed role in the beating death of another teen-ager, the Justice Ministry said.
Toronto police said they will travel to Israel as soon as an extradition order is issued by Canadian authorities for Daniel Weiz, 19, an Israeli soldier.
If Mr. Weiz is extradited, he would be the first person to be charged under an amendment to extradition law prompted by the case of Maryland teen-ager Samuel Sheinbein, who fled here after being charged with murder.
The case strained Israeli-U.S. ties.
Mr. Weiz was arrested after a Canadian request to apprehend him, Justice Ministry spokeswoman Dafna Barnai said.
According to Toronto police, Mr. Weiz fled to Israel following the beating death of 15-year-old Dimitri Baranovski in November.
He is being held in Jerusalem and is to appear in court tomorrow, Ms. Barnai said.
Earlier this month, another 19-year-old, Michael Issariotis, and two 16-year-old boys were charged with second-degree murder in Dimitri’s death.
Canadian law bans the publication of names of minors charged with crimes.
Mr. Weiz and Mr. Issariotis would likely be tried as adults. They face 10 years in prison.
Dimitri was found lying in a pool of blood in a park in the city’s north end on Nov. 14.
Witnesses said he had been swarmed by a group of 10 to 12 people for a pack of cigarettes.
It is still not clear why others in the group remain free, but police said immediately after the killing that only a few members of the group took part in the beating, while others watched.
In 1997, Sheinbein, an American teen-ager charged with murder, fled here claiming Israeli citizenship through his Israeli-born father, a status that allowed him to avoid extradition under any circumstances.
An Israeli court convicted and sentenced Sheinbein to 24 years in prison in October. With time off for good behavior, he could be out in 14 years.
Sheinbein faced a considerably tougher sentence in Maryland, and Israel’s failure to extradite him raised tensions between the two allies and led Israeli lawmakers to alter the legislation.
According to the amended law, accused Israelis must be tried in the country where the crime was committed.
However, where they serve their prison sentences depends on where they were based prior to the crime.
Mr. Weiz lived with his father in Canada until two years ago, when he joined his mother in Tel Aviv and enlisted in the army, according to the daily Ha’aretz newspaper. His parents are divorced. The family is originally from Moldavia.

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