Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto landed in Israel as the legal process against him continues. He arrived with a physician escort as he is battling a serious illness and recently underwent a number of complicated surgeries and medical procedures in New York City.
On the flight home, Rav Pinto suffered a cardiac incident and he was transported to Beilinson Hospital where he underwent a cardiac catheterization. He remains admitted at this time.
Despite his complicated medical condition, the rav was compelled to return home to Israel as the court adjudicating his case refused to grant a delay to accommodate him, as was reported by YWN-ISRAEL. The rabbi is confined to a wheelchair and has his private physician with him at all times.
Rabbi Pinto is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, 25 Nissan at which time the criminal indictment against him will be read. Rabbi Pinto made a deal with the prosecution setting a maximum jail term in return for his testimony against other defendants.
Persons close to the rav are angry over the court’s decision, blaming his latest medical complication on the fact he was compelled to fly when he should have remained under close medical care in New York City.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)