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Family Indicted for Kidnapping Gay Teen

Family Indicted for Kidnapping Gay Teen


The family of an Israeli gay man was charged with kidnapping, assaulting, and falsely imprisoning him after he posted photos of himself dressed in drag on Facebook.

The family was indicted in Tel Aviv district court on Thursday. According to the charges, as recently as a week ago, the family arrived at 19-year-old Angel's apartment, attacked him, and sprayed his eyes with tear gas.

They then forced him into a car, proceeded to tie his hands with belts, cover his eyes with tape, and threatened to stab him if he didn't keep quiet. They then drove him out of Tel Aviv toward his hometown of Tamra, chained him in a room and left him for several hours.

Three weeks ago his mother sent him the following message on Facebook: "Either erase the pictures from Facebook or your family will come and get you and this will be your end."

The family is alleged to have kidnapped him on multiple other occasions. I was certain that I was going to die, and they also told me so," Angel told authorities.

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