Haredi website 'extortion' investigation widens

April 11, 2012 17:30

A police investigation into alleged extortion at a prominent haredi (ultra-Orthodox) website has widened in recent days, and includes new witnesses, police said Wednesday.

According to the suspicions, the director-general of the Hadrei Haradim news site and three employees extorted members of the haredi community, threatening to publish content that would damage their reputations if large sums were not paid to them.

"People were worried about what would happen. Some of the information was false, but it would still have ruined reputations in an irreversible way," police spokesman Micky Rsoenfeld said.

"The investigation is getting wider. More people have come forward with testimonies," Rosenfeld said. Those questioned in the investigation include people living abroad.

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