Attias testifies in coercion case against haredi website

April 9, 2012 17:30


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Housing Minister Ariel Attias on Monday spoke with Israel Police about the case against operators of ultra-orthodox website 'Behadrei Haharedim.'

Sources close to Attias said that that police were not investigating him in relation to a slew of coercion charges against the website employees.

Earlier this month, Police arrested four senior employees of the news website on suspicion they were blackmailing secular and haredi businessmen for months, demanding payment lest the website feature articles portraying their victims negatively. In addition, police suspect that they were also threatening the victims with publishing personal information.

Police had said that their investigation was ongoing and that they expected to arrest a number of other people involved in the transgressions in the near future.

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