Four men to be charged with abducting, extorting rabbi

September 27, 2011 11:05

The Southern District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that an indictment has been served in the Beersheba District Court against four men accused of abducting and extorting Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi.

Shmuel Shukron, Shimon Katorza, Zvi Weizman and Micha Patito are charged with conspiracy, abduction, false imprisonment, extortion and fraud.

For three years, they held the rabbi captive in various apartments in Tiberias, refusing to let him see his wife or family. To ensure Ben Artzi's compliance, they threatened to destroy his reputation by spreading rumors about his sexual relations with women.

An arraignment hearing for the four defendants was scheduled at the Beersheba District Court on October 11, 2011.

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