An Israel Prison Authority parole board has rejected a request for early release on behalf of Rabbi Eliezer Berland, who is serving a sentence after admitting to unacceptable behavior and actions.
According to a Channel 2 News report, since the rabbi is hospitalized and undergoing therapy and not imprisoned, there is no reason for his early release. The board refused to convene to discuss additional requests on the matter.
The prosecution voiced its objections to the rav’s early release too.
The rav was sentenced to 18-month imprisonment following his conviction. He is scheduled for release in September 2017. Supporters hoped his ailing medical condition might be grounds for his release at this time.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)