J'lem Municipality employee blackmailed for years over sexual orientation

Three suspects from Jerusalem and Ma'ale Adumim allegedly began blackmailing the victim over two years ago and extorted more than NIS 2 million from him.

Jerusalem municipality (photo credit: WWW.PIKIWIKI.ORG.IL)
Jerusalem municipality
(photo credit: WWW.PIKIWIKI.ORG.IL)
Police are investigating three suspects who extorted more than NIS 2 million from a senior Jerusalem Municipality official whom they allegedly  blackmailed for two years over his sexual orientation, a spokesman said on Monday. 
The blackmailing began two years ago, when several suspects demanded tens of thousands of shekels from the victim on several occasions, threatening to release explicit photos if the money wasn't paid.
Police investigators followed up a complaint made a few weeks ago, and launched a covert investigation that resulted in the arrests of three suspects, aged 29, 32 and 45, from Jerusalem and Ma'ale Adumim. They are suspected of blackmail and money laundering. Their remand has been extended several times. 
A court hearing at Jerusalem District Court on Sunday partially lifted a gag order on the case allowing the publication of some details, although the victim's identity remains withheld.