The prosecution has declined a request from attorneys of former Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger, who wishes to fly to Europe to take part in a family simcha. The prosecutor fears Rabbi Metzger will seek to flee prosecution if permitted to travel abroad. The rabbi’s willingness to forfeit a sum of money as collateral did nothing to persuade the prosecution to change its mind.
Rabbi Metzger faces charges including fraud, bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and tax evasion.
Police are completing the investigation against Rabbi Metzger, who will likely face a serious multicount criminal indictment for his alleged illegal actions, much of which included his fundraising for mosdos during his tenure as Chief Rabbi of Israel.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)