Four Suspects Jailed Over Assault of Top Israeli TV Execs

Disgraced television star Dudu Topaz, who killed himself in jail last year, allegedly ordered the attacks.

The Tel Aviv District Court on Monday handed down a three-year jail term to the man accused of assaulting a number of Israeli television executives at the orders of former entertainer, Dudu Topaz, who hanged himself in prison while awaiting his own trial.

Topaz, once known as Israel's "ratings king," committed suicide last August while imprisoned for allegedly plotting attacks on the executives whom he blamed for his fall from stardom.

The court sentenced suspect Daniel Zanko, a former neighbor of Topaz, in connection with the attacks on TV producer Shira Margalit, talent agent Boaz Ben-Zion, and Keshet CEO Avi Nir.

In addition to his prison sentence, Zanko was fined NIS 3,000 and ordered pay NIS 20,000 in compensation to Ben-Zion and Margalit.

Several other people have been charged and sentenced in connection with the attack.

Saliman Hiadra was sentenced to 33 months, fined NIS 3,000, and must compensate Ben-Zion NIS 5,000.

Noam Avami was sentenced to two years. Aimen Zebizt was sentenced to six months of community service, a NIS 3,000 fine, and must pay NIS 25,000 to Margalit.