Haredi man accused of setting fire to Jerusalem mobile phone store

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 Haredi man accused of setting fire to Jerusalem mobile phone store

On Friday, a Beit Shemesh resident was charged with setting fire to a cell phone store in Jerusalem several months ago.

According to prosecutors, Yehoshua Dadon, 34, and three others broke into the store in October and set it on fire because the store did not comply with religious guidelines against devices.

The resulting fire destroyed the store and affected several neighboring buildings, causing damage about 600,000 shekels ($170,000). Dadon was charged with arson, extortion through threats and obstruction of justice.

The prosecutor's office asked the Jerusalem District Court to keep him in custody until the end of the criminal proceedings.

Dadon's arrest sparked violent riots in the Mea Shearim metropolitan area earlier this month.

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