Mediator in Topaz-ordered attack jailed for 5 years

Ophir Sasportas also ordered to pay victim, Keshet director-general Avi Nir, NIS 70,000.

March 4, 2010 10:31
Dudu Topaz (z"l) talks to a judge in court.

Topaz court 311. (photo credit: Channel 2)

The mediator in one of the Dudu Topaz-ordered attacks was sentenced to five years in jail on Thursday.

The man, Ophir Sasportas, was also ordered by the Tel Aviv District Court to pay his victim, Keshet director-general Avi Nir, NIS 70,000.

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The troubled life of television star Topaz came to a tragic end last year, when he strangled himself in the bathroom of his prison cell, in Ramle's Nitzan Detention Center.

Topaz was awaiting trial for hiring goons to beat up several media executives and talk show hosts who had rejected his ideas for television programs.

As well as Nir, Topaz's victims included Shira Margalit, deputy CEO of the Reshet television company and actors' agent Boaz Ben-Zion, all of whom were assaulted near their homes.

Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report

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