Margalit Tzanani in court311.
(photo credit: Yossi Zeliger)
Police on Sunday released Southern crime boss Shalom Domrani, who was arrested on suspicion of being involved with the alleged extortion of a music agent by singer Margalit Tzanani.
Domrani's lawyer said that his arrest was unnecessary from the outset.
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Last Thursday, the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s court extended the detention of the "Star is Born" judge for an extra five days.
Police suspect that Tzanani
asked mobsters to extort an unpaid debt from her manager, Assaf
Domrani, an organized crime boss, was already under house arrest
in connection with a different offense when he was taken into custody last week.
the start of the hearing, Domrani asked the court to disqualify Judge Ita
Nachman from hearing the case, because she had previously determined that there
was evidence against him in a different extortion case.
“Does the court
have something personal against me?” he asked.
However, Judge Nachman
dismissed the request, saying that she was not familiar with the suspect and
would rule only according to the evidence before her.
Commander attorney Alon
Grossman told the court that since Domrani’s arrest, the investigation had
turned up additional evidence linking him to the offense.
In court on Thursday, Grossman
said that an indictment against Tzanani would be filed at the end of those five
days, as well as a request that the singer remain in custody for the duration of
However, Tzanani’s defense attorney Sassi Gaz argued that he
has not seen details of the charges against the singer, and alleged that Tzanani
did not know why she was being investigated.
“We have not seen the facts,
we don’t know who, when and what the level of extortion was,” said Gaz. “My
client keeps asking me why she is here.”
Tzanani’s defense team also
alleged that the police had misinterpreted wiretapped conversations Tzanani had
made about threatening Atadegi.
However, Grossman said Tzanani had been
told in detail why she is being investigated and also that police investigators
have collected a great deal of evidence against her.
“We know exactly
what she received, or what she was supposed to receive and how she did it, the
date on which the level of threats was raised to extortion, and against whom. We
know everything and it will be in the indictment,” said Grossman.Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.