Topaz Won't Be Charged With Plan to Order More Assaults

Entertainer Dudu Topaz and three others will be brought before the Tel Aviv District Court Thursday to be indicted for their alleged roles in attacks on three top media figures.

The indictment will not include charges of planning attacks on Zvika Hadar, Avri Gilad and Erez Tal, or Topaz's ex-wife Roni Chen and her current husband.

Topaz reportedly has confessed to ordering reconnaissance on these people.

"It is important to recognize that collecting basic information on the whereabouts of people and thinking about various actions are quite far from actually attempting to cause harm or assaulting," a senior figure in the State Prosecutor's Office said yesterday.

"Even if certain police suspicions against Topaz and other suspects initially appeared to be more severe, it is clear that not all will give way to criminal charges," the source added.

Police and prosecution yesterday presented Judge Dan Mor with documents stating the suspects will be charged with causing physical harm under aggravated circumstances, making threats and conspiring to commit a crime.

Topaz did not appear in court yesterday. He was taken to Wolfson Hospital Saturday from his holding cell in Abu Kabir, after complaining of chest pains.

He will stay at the hospital for evaluation through today.

Last week, Topaz tried to commit suicide in his prison cell in Tel Avvi, and has been under 24-hour observation since then.