Roni Harari 390.
(photo credit: Channel 10)
The Tel Aviv district attorney filed an indictment in the district court on
Monday, charging ex-underworld boss Roni Harari and another man, Andrey
Sevastianov, with two counts each of extortion and conspiracy to commit a
Harari, who once headed the notorious Ramat Amidar crime
organization, was arrested shortly after trying to show that he had abandoned
the world of crime. The alleged extortion came to light last month, after
Channel 10 broadcast a documentary on its Real Faces show that included an
interview with Harari.
During the interview, a viewer identified the BMW
car Harari was driving as belonging to her, and contacted the police. The
woman’s husband later alleged that Harari was extorting him.
the indictment, Harari and Sevastianov extorted two victims, both of whom had
run up debts.
The first complainant ran a check-cashing business and
could not pay off his debts, and in August 2010, his colleague and co-debtor
turned to Harari and asked him to help sort things out with his creditors and
also to collect the first complainant’s share of the debt, the indictment
Harari and Sevastianov allegedly arranged a meeting with the first
complainant and determined that he would pay them NIS 250,000 in monthly
installments of NIS 10,000. Over the next seven months, the complainant paid NIS
70,000 before falling into more financial difficulties, the indictment
In January, Harari and Sevastianov allegedly decided to extort
the complainant into paying the rest of his “debt” to them.
indictment says that Sevastianov told the complainant to meet him in a Givat
Shmuel supermarket car park. From there, he followed Harari’s car to a nearby
gas station, where Harari and Sevastianov got into the complainant’s car and
threatened that they would “cut his face off” unless he paid them NIS
In early February, Harari allegedly contacted the complainant,
told him he had an “interesting business proposition” and asked him to come to
his home in Kadima to discuss it. The complainant drove to Harari’s house in a
Jeep Chevrolet. There, Harari and Sevastianov ordered him to follow them into a
small room, where they threatened him with a bat and a knife, the indictment
says, and then told him they had decided to keep the Jeep.
charge relates to a car dealer, whom Harari and Sevastianov extorted in relation
to a business dispute, the indictment says. Sevastianov paid several visits to
the second complainant’s house, and told his wife that Harari was “looking for
him,” and eventually the complainant agreed to drive to Harari’s house,
according to the indictment.
There, Harari allegedly ordered the
complainant out of his car and threatened to harm him, saying that he would
“only get out alive” if he paid NIS 40,000.
Shortly afterward, in July
2011, Harari informed the complainant that he now owed him NIS 1.5 million after
backing out of an agreement to go into the car business with him, the indictment
says. Allegedly, as payment for this “debt,” Harari forced the complainant to
sign a memorandum saying that he was selling his BMW car to him for NIS
Alongside the indictment, the district attorney filed a request
to remand both defendants in custody throughout the legal
Harari’s attorney, Shay Tovim, said that his client denies
all of the charges against him.