PHILADELPHIA — An Israeli working here as a restaurant manager was in jail today, charged with plotting a helicopter swoop into a British jail yard to free three Israeli hashish smugglers.
Abraham Ahronovich, 31, was seized after two charter pilots he sought to hire for $35,000 to fly to Norwich, England, told the FBI about the offer, the Philadelphia district attorney's office reported.
A spokeswoman said Ahronovich, who told one of the pilots he was a former Israeli intelligence agent who took part in the 1976 Entebbe raid, was charged Wednesday night with conspiracy, solicitation and escape.
$2-Million Bail Sought
The district attorney's office has asked for bail of $2 million and Ahronovich's lawyer is trying to get that reduced, the spokeswoman said.