Jerusalem – Wife Of Elior Chen Gets 5 Years In Abusive Case


M. in court. Read Psalms during sentencing (Photo: Gil Yohanan)Jerusalem – The wife of “abusive rabbi” Elior Chen will sit behind bars for the next five years. Jerusalem District Court Judge Zvi Segal authorized Sunday the plea bargain between M., who is in the process of getting a divorce from Chen, and the State Prosecution, and sentenced her to five years in prison and two years on probation.

“The actions carried out against the children included shaking, beating, binding, burning, force-feeding them feces, and more, and reflect a loss of humanity on behalf of the perpetrators,” the judge ruled.

In his sentence, Judge Segal wrote, “Reading the indictment evokes a range of varied and powerful emotions, as well as shuddering and horror that the mother of eight small children abandoned them entirely to the care of (Elior) Chen, and carried out his will as if under a spell, absent of any capacity for judgment or distinguishing between permissible and forbidden.”

“Chen and his associates displayed monstrous ‘creativity’ and in their ‘correctional work’ with the defendant’s children. These actions bring up difficult memories from with the darkest history of the human race in general and the Jewish People in particular,” Segal added.

The judge also referred to the children’s mother, who served as a state witness, and wrote, “The warning bells and emergency of the childrens’ screams and cries, which would have penetrated the most hardened heart, were not heart by the victims’ mother, of all people.”

The mother of the children whom Elior Chen abused served as a state witness. In this framework, she tearily described two weeks ago what her children had endured. “There are not enough words in the world to describe and express the enormity of the pain, sorrow, and anxiety in my heart for what I went through and what I put my children through,” she said.

n his reasoning for accepting the plea bargain, Judge Segal noted that the mother’s statements were sincere, that she admitted to the charges against her and took responsibility for her actions, while expressing deep sorrow for her actions. Most importantly, Segal asserted, she saved the children from painful, heart-wrenching testimonies before court. Segal also ruled that her children expressed their desire that she return to serve as a mother to them.

According to the plea bargain between the State Prosecution and M.’s legal council, she will serve five years in prison on condition that she testify against Chen and others involved in the case. M. agreed to the deal. Judge Segal decided not to stiffen her sentence.

“I received the impression that her statements at the end of the trial were deep and sincere, and that she intends to reclaim the title of mother through hard work,” wrote Segal.

The mother cried and read Psalms during the reading of the sentence. Her father and two other relatives arrived in the courthouse to encourage and support her.

After the sentence was read, prosecuting attorney Nurit Blubstein said that the plea bargain reflected the fact that the mother confessed and shortened legal processes. She noted that her testimonies are of great importance in the evidence against the other suspects in the case.

Attorney Deborah Atia, who represented the mother together with Attorney Reuven Bar-Haim, responded, “M. went through an extraordinary rehabilitation process. The unusually intensive relationship she has with her children gave weight to the court’s authorization of the plea bargain. The past is now behind her.”

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  1. How much time does Chen stand to get.
    I HOPE A LIFE IN PRISON SENTENCE!! HE deserves not one minute less.
    I hope he comes to America to sit, where the jail inmates “LOVE” to get their hands on child abusers and beat the daylights out of him EVERY DAY!!!!!!

  2. I think the kids should never be able to get returned to their mother:
    its known hat kids from abusive parents get used to this type of “love” treatment.

    The kids should be put up in external families and the mother should only get visiting rights…she sounds after all totally crazy and not normal!! Who cares if she showed remorse…people who act like this (sounds like munchausen) are very good of acting up a show!

    Such a person just nebech sounds like they have lost their healthy mind, and i dont believe that 5 years would work sudden wonders!!

    Sooooo sad poor kids H` should be merachem on them and i hope they are getting a bunch of psychological help….

  3. If the charges are true , these folks need to go to a mental institution jail. This story makes me sick,how can even a sick person do such things?


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