Police are waiting for a response from the Attorney General's Office on their request to shut down the hareidi-religious Bechadrei Hareidim Website in the context of extortion charges against its operators. The operators are accused of blackmailing public figures, including rabbis, not to run adverse publicity about them, and police feel closing the site will cause others to come forward and file complaints.
Israel Defense Forces Radio reported, yesterday, that an attorney for one of the victims who has not filed a complaint wrote an urgent letter to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein asking for the Website to be shut down. The letter said the hareidi community is hesitant to file complaints with secular authorities but had to say something after years of suffering, adding that his client is afraid of continued damage to him and his family. The letter said the suspects in the case exploited this reluctance to file complaints and the number of complaints filed so far is small.