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Former Chief Rabbi in Israel Charged With Bribery, Fraud, Witness Tampering, Etc…

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English: Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger עב...

English: Former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger עברית: הרב האשכנזי הראשי לישראל יונה מצגר, Original Image Name:יונה מצגר, Location:Haifa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Israel’s fraud squad was on Monday questioning former chief Ashkenazi rabbi Yona Metzger on charges of taking bribes, fraud, breach of trust, obstructing justice and witness tampering, police said.

Metzger, who stepped down from the role after 10 years on July 24, had been arrested and questioned on similar charges in June. He was eventually released without charges being pressed.

A police statement on Monday said the national fraud unit put the sums related to the suspected felonies at millions of shekels.

Metzger’s first questioning at the national fraud unit headquarters in Lod, south of Tel Aviv, came after months of covert investigations.

A police spokesman told AFP he would be brought before the Rishon Letzion magistrate’s court in central Israel for a remand hearing later in the day.

Israel has two chief rabbis, the Ashkenazi and Sephardi, whose responsibilities include the country’s rabbinic courts and regulating the food supervision industry.

Metzger has an alleged history of sexual abuse, as well, allegedly molesting adult males. In June 2013, he was under house arrest for 15 and had to step down as Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel.

When he was rabbi of North Tel Aviv, Metzger also reportedly extorted brides and grooms at their weddings, forcing them to pay large fees to him to perform the marriage or, he sometimes threatened, he would leave them in the lurch. State-funded rabbis are prohibited by law from charging to perform religious services like weddings. Metzger also performed several marriages per night and allegedly sometimes had his driver forge signatures on ketubot.

Written by voiceoftruthusa

November 19, 2013 at 4:58 am

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