It is now official as Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto on Wednesday, 22 Elul signed an agreement with the prosecution to become a state witness in his ongoing trial. Rav Pinto will be the state’s star witness against former senior Israel Police officer Menashe Arbiv. The deal presently includes the rav serving a year in prison but his defense team is working to have his punishment changed that it will not include a period of imprisonment. In all likelihood the final decision will be rendered by the court.
As a result of the unfolding case, Arbiv was compelled to resign as head of the 433 unit, Israel’s FBI, and leave the force. While he insists he should be the state witness against Pinto, the state views the case from the other side.
Rav Pinto is accused to attempting to bribe high-ranking officers to assist him with information pertaining to investigations against him.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)