Topaz to Appear at Remand Hearing via Video

Entertainer Dudu Topaz is to appear at a remand hearing by video conference this morning. Police are seeking to have him remanded into custody for another week, while they look for others who may be involved in his alleged attacks on media executives.

Topaz told investigators Saturday that after the attack on Keshet cable TV chief executive Avi Nir, he asked his maid to write letters to Nir, threatening that Nir would be attacked again unless he paid a ransom.

The maid, who admitted under police questioning that she had written the letters, was released with limitations.

Prosecutor Anat Ben-Zeev met yesterday with the lead investigator in the case, Chief Superintendent Nimrod Daniel, reportedly to discuss the possibility of issuing indictments this week.

Meanwhile, Irad Tamir, head of T.G. Investigations, allegedly hired by Topaz to obtain information about entertainers Tzvika Hadar, Erez Tal and Avri Gilad, told Haaretz yesterday: "We conducted a simple, short investigation for Topaz. We acted legally."