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The Tel Aviv District Attorney’s Office filed an indictment on Tuesday against
five men, including former underworld boss Yitzhak “Heshy” Hadif, charging them
The 42-year-old, formerly known as the “head of the
Pardes Katz gang,” was indicted alongside his nephew Yosef Hadif, 22, his
brother Shalom Hadif, 48, Shai Harari, 21, and Yitzhak Saliman, 25.
five men allegedly took advantage of a financial dispute to which they were not
a party to blackmail the complainant, Eliyahu Akva, using threats and force to
compel him to pay the money he owed.
The extortion began, the indictment
says, when the man to whom Akva owed money filed a police complaint against him
for fraud and even turned to consumer affairs TV show Kolbotek for help. When
Kolbotek broadcast an episode about the matter, the five defendants allegedly
decided to blackmail Akva, threatening him to force him to give them money to
pay off his debt.
The defendants received about NIS 7,000 from Akva, the
indictment alleges, but did not give any of that money to his
According to the indictment, Yosef Hadif called Akva in late
December and threatened to harm him or his property if he did not pay the money.
Scared, Akva promised to pay them NIS 500 per month, but the defendants demanded
NIS 10,000 a month, the indictment says.
The extortion culminated in
Hadif and two others threatening to harm the complainant, if he did not give
them his car, the indictment says.
Police uncovered the extortion plot
earlier this month, when they arrested three of the five defendants – Yosef,
Harari and Saliman – in Bnei Brak after an incident in which they blocked the
complainant’s car with their own, and chased him with a baseball bat, the
Alongside the indictment, the district attorney filed
a request to the court asking that the five men be remanded in custody
throughout the legal proceedings against them.