Jerusalem - The head of a Haredi website under investigation for the alleged extortion of members of the Orthodox community was released to house arrested on Monday.
The suspect, who cannot be named, appeared before the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, where he accused police of painting a “demonic
picture” of him and presenting him as a “dangerous person.”
The comments came after the police representative to court, Ronen Mizrahi, said police had a recording of a phone conversation involving the website’s director-general, in which he said, “If I hear the name of the person claiming he was extorted one more time I will send people to murder his children.”
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. Police suspect the suspects extorted millions of shekels in this manner.
Under the terms of the house arrest, the suspect is forbidden from having any links to his website or its employees during his house arrest.