'Topaz sent letter with bullet to Hadar'

Police say note to entertainer said: "This is the end and one day it will culminate with a bomb."

August 13, 2009 12:55
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'Topaz sent letter with bullet to Hadar'

dudu topaz police car 248 88. (photo credit: Channel 2)

An envelope addressed to leading entertainer Tzvika Hadar was found in Jerusalem's Givat Shaul post office on Thursday with a bullet and a threatening letter inside. According to police, a finger print examination of the envelope raised suspicions that former television icon Dudu Topaz had sent the letter. Police began investigating the incident after a post office employee filed a complaint with the police. The unsigned letter contained the following message: "This is the end and one day it will culminate with a bomb." Police estimated that the letter had been sent prior to Topaz's arrest on suspicion of ordering the assault on leading TV executives Avi Nir, Shira Margalit and his former agent Boaz Ben-Zion. Topaz's trial opened in the Tel Aviv District Court last month and was subsequently postponed for two months. An allegation that Topaz had also planned on sending hired goons to assault at least three more popular television show presenters - Hadar, Erez Tal and Avri Gilad - surfaced in early June but have yet to materialize into an indictment. Police learned of the additional names from an interrogation of Topaz's neighbor, Daniel Zanko, who police say acted as the go-between linking Topaz to the bouncers who were paid tens of thousands of shekels to carry out the attacks. Yaakov Lappin contributed to the report

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