Israeli suspected of bomb attack in Prague extradited to Czech Republic

An Israeli citizen suspected of carrying out a bomb attack that targeted the owner of a downtown Prague casino in 2004 was extradited by Israeli authorities and arrived in Prague on Sunday, Czech police said.

Police spokeswoman Blanka Kosinova said that Yakov Moshaylov arrived at Prague's Ruzyne international airport on Sunday morning. He is being held by police while a judge decides whether he should be held in custody.

Moshaylov, a 28-year-old Israeli citizen who had immigrated from the former Soviet Union, was arrested in September 2004 in Israel. He is suspected of throwing a bomb under a car in front of Prague's Casino Royal on Aug. 1, 2004, injuring 18 people, most of them foreign tourists, the AP reports.

The target was apparently the casino's owner, Israeli citizen Assaf Abutbul, who was not injured and left the country a few days later. The casino has since closed. Moshaylov faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.