It has been about two years since the announced investigation against former Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger and according to a Channel 2 News report on Wednesday night 14 Tammuz, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has announced he plans to file a serious criminal indictment against Metzger which includes allegations that he accepted 7 million NIS in bribes during his tenure as the nation’s Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi.
The report stated Rabbi Metzger met with the prosecutor this week for a final hearing, permitting him to tell his side of the events before the indictment is announced. Rabbi Metzger was accompanied by prominent attorney David Libai. The state is working with a key witness, the rabbi’s former aide and driver who is testifying against his former boss after Rabbi Metzger during an earlier stage in the investigation tried blame him for the law-breaking. Once he realized he was going to be the fall guy he offered to become a state witness against Rabbi Metzger.
It was added that Libai offered a confession from the rabbi in exchange for an 18-month jail term but Weinstein refused, telling the defense counsel that such a deal is a non-starter.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)