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French-Israeli Hacker Faces Trial for Phone Hoax That Ended in Death

Gregory Chelli placed call that led police to carry out early morning raid on home of man who suffered fatal heart attack days later

6 February 2019

TIMES OF ISRAEL — The Paris prosecutor’s office is seeking an indictment against a French-Israeli hacker and prank phone call maker it holds responsible for the death in 2014 of a victim of one of his extreme telephone hoaxes, his attorneys said Tuesday.

Gregory Chelli, 36, who has been living in Israel since 2010 and is the subject of an extradition request, was named in court papers filed January 31 for, inter alia, “deliberate acts of violence that resulted in unintended death.”

In the summer of 2014 Chelli allegedly targeted the online media Rue89 website after it reported on his hacking of pro-Palestinian websites.

On August 1, Chelli, already known for previous hoaxes publicized on his “ViolVocal” chat room website, targeted the father of Benoît Le Corre, the author of the article.

After hacking a telephone line, Chelli called French police while pretending to be Thierry, the journalist’s father, and confessed to having just killed his wife and son.

Twenty policemen surrounded Le Corre’s home at 4:30 in the morning. Four days later Thierry Le Corre suffered a heart attack and then died a month and a half later. […]

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