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Blackmail

A crime in which one threatens to reveal damaging information about another unless the former is paid some amount of money or is given something of value. For example, one may threaten to reveal information about an extramarital affair or evidence that the other person committed a crime unless one is paid $100,000. Legally, blackmail is a form of extortion.
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At the original court hearing at Stafford Crown Court, Graham Henson, prosecuting, said the allegations of sexual abuse were properly investigated by the police and the blackmail victim was not facing any charges.
Turki Al-Shulail, the spokesman for the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia), said the majority of blackmail incidents used to be committed against women.
Al-Shulail revealed to a local newspaper that the number of blackmail cases received by the Haia commission during the previous six months stood at 1,188 reports.
He explained that users of modern and advanced technology in all regions of the country can easily carry out blackmail right from within their own homes.