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Israel’s attorney general’s office on Monday filed an official request in the Netherlands for the extradition of a modeling agent against whom 26 rape and sexual harassment complaints have been filed.

Shai Avital was arrested in August at the request of the Israeli authorities, more than a year after an arrest warrant was issued for him. He was apprehended in Amsterdam as part of a joint operation by the intelligence services of the Dutch and Israeli police.

Israeli officers said the investigation was also carried out with the help of Interpol.

Now authorities are seeking to bring Avital to trial on two separate counts of sexual harassment, the prosecutor’s office said, although police said they were investigating other complaints.

The agent, who represented some of Israel’s top role models, holds citizenship of a European country, which could create additional legal hurdles for Israeli authorities seeking to extradite him.

“We have not received any extradition request or any official document from the State of Israel. We learned that from you,” said Avital’s lawyers, Sassy Gez and Sharon Nahari. Channel 12 News.

Tel Aviv District Police opened a criminal investigation into Avital for sex offenses in July 2021 after three models filed charges against him.