Israel charges teenage suspect in bomb threats case following US indictment


( Following last Friday’s U.S. Justice Department indictment of an Israeli-American teenager who is accused of making more than 150 bomb threats against Jewish institutions in early 2017, Israel has also formally indicted the suspect.

The scene outside the JCC in Nashville, Tenn., following a bomb threat Jan. 9. Credit: YouTube.

The indictment details more than 2,000 incidents that allegedly involve the 18-year-old suspect, and includes the charge of making bomb threats to Jewish schools and JCCs as well as airports and sporting events.

It was also revealed Sunday the suspect had attempted to extort a Republican U.S. senator prior to sending the politician drugs in the mail and threatening his family.

The suspect stands accused of numerous additional charges, including causing panic via publication of false information, cyber crimes, money laundering, weapons possession, facilitating drug trafficking, disseminating pedophilic materials and assaulting a police officer.

“As far as the state prosecutor is concerned, claims regarding the suspect’s personal and medical situation do not protect him from incarceration until the end of proceedings,” stated Yoni Hadad, an attorney in the cyber department of Israel’s State Attorney’s Office, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

The U.S. Justice Department and the Israeli Ministry of Justice are in the midst of negotiations regarding the suspect’s extradition to America, which has been put on hold by Israel’s State Attorney Shai Nitzan because the majority of the teenager’s alleged crimes were perpetrated in the Jewish state.

Posted on April 24, 2017 .