Court: Entertainer Dudu Topaz Was Ringleader in Attacks on TV Execs

Topaz was arrested Sunday over the attacks, and the court extended his remand by 8 days.

Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court ordered an eight-day extension of the remand of one of Israel's top television stars on Monday, branding Dudu Topaz the ringleader in a series of violent attacks on TV executives.

Topaz was arrested Sunday over the attacks on TV producer Shira Margalit two weeks ago, the CEO of the Channel 2 Keshet franchise Avi Nir in November 2008 and actors' agent Boaz Ben-Zion some six months ago.

Justice Tzion Kapach told the court that Topaz stands at the "head of the pyramid - he was the planner, he was the initiator."

The police investigator said in court that there was a direct connection between Topaz and those who perpetrated the attacks.

"The suspect... is behind the order to attack the complainants. We have evidence that directly links Topaz to the order to carry out the attacks."

Topaz did not attend the hearing, but appeared by video conference from the Abu Kabir detention facility where he is being held.