Israelis indicted for abducting German immigrant

30th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 October 2007, Tel Aviv (dpa) - Two Israelis suspected of kidnapping an immigrant from Germany in February and holding him for ransom were indicted Monday, and the court was asked to extend their remand until trial.

30 October 2007

Tel Aviv (dpa) - Two Israelis suspected of kidnapping an immigrant from Germany in February and holding him for ransom were indicted Monday, and the court was asked to extend their remand until trial.

The indictment includes charges of kidnapping with intent to extort money, unlawful imprisonment, extortion and aggravated robbery, the Ha'aretz daily reported.

The suspects are accused of snatching Rafael Angel, 30, and holding him for two weeks, moving him between the Tel Aviv area and Jerusalem, until his father paid the kidnappers 320,000 dollars.

During his captivity, Angel was beaten, stabbed and burned with cigarettes.

According to the indictment, the two suspects beat Angel's father when he arrived from Germany to discuss the ransom, and robbed him of 5,000 dollars.

Both suspects have denied the accusations.

An attorney for one of them said the whole affair was a civil dispute over a business partnership in which Angel was involved. Police said the claim had been investigated and found to be "baseless."

The suspects were arrested several weeks ago, but the affair was placed under a gag order and only revealed last week.

Police have said they expect more arrests to be made.

DPA

Subject: German news

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