Former Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger, who was arrested on suspicion of fraud, tax evasion, accepting bribes and money laundering was released to house arrest on Tuesday morning 23 Kislev by the Rishon L’tzion Magistrate Court. The rabbi may not have contact without anyone involved in the case; he may not leave the country, and had to put up a sizable bail.
In the same matter, the state witnesses against the rabbi had to leave his apartment in light of graffiti against him and his family for testifying for the state against Rabbi Metzger. Amid rumors that he plans to leave the country, Yisrael Hayom reports he told the newspaper that he has no such plans. This state witness, a former close confidant of the rav, was seen leaving his home on Monday, 22 Kislev carrying large suitcases.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)