The paper reported that the victims were beaten until they agreed to pay. The plan of the two extorting Israelis took place according to suspicion in several luxury apartments in northern Bucharest. The two suspects, who are married to Romanian women, invited rich individuals to the apartments and forced them to pay for protection. Ten further suspects aided the Israelis in locating their victims.
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Investigators and prosecutors from the Romanian Special Investigation Unit reported today that the Israelis' partners were a lawyer, a doctor who treats mainly celebrities, several other Israelis related to crime organizations, and famous figures from the Romanian underworld. Altogether, the set organization demanded protection money from four Israelis.
In February 2012, one of the victims was attacked by a man who presented himself as "Chaim" and was threatened with murder if he didn't pay €40,000. The man agreed to pay €80,000 in two payments and went on to complain to Romanian police.
Of the four Israelis arrested in the story, two are known in Romania for gambling, and one was involved in a $2.2 million scam and was extradited to Israel in 2006.
One of the victims said in his testimony that he was kidnapped on June 4. He said he was beaten for hours and forced to pay a minimum of €150,000, and later another €2 Million.
Threatened at gunpointThe victim said he was invited to a meeting with one of the suspects at a restaurant. Afterwards the man escorted the suspect to his house, where two other gun wielding suspects were waiting. The victim was dragged to the apartment and beaten for hours, agreeing to give a down payment. The morning after he was taking to a lawyer to set conditions for the money transfer.
The lawyer drew up the agreement and the victim took a photo of it with his cell phone, instructing his accountant to transfer the money, and was released only after the attackers made sure the money was transferred. He then complained to Romanian police.
Another Israeli who was blackmailed gave the suspects money and valuables estimated at a value of €100,000. Another Israeli also paid several thousand Euros after it was claimed he owed money to the suspects.
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