Jerusalem – After months of negotiations, Israel’s former chief Ashkenazic rabbi has reportedly accepted a plea bargain that would have him admitting guilt on multiple charges in exchange for a lesser prison term.
As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2iKqe7C), Rabbi Yona Metzger was indictment by the Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office for accepting 10 million NIS in bribes.
Ch. 2 Israel reported that the deal would have Rabbi Metzger pleading guilty on charges of fraud, theft, conspiracy, breach of trust, money laundering, tax offenses and accepting bribes. There was no word on what kind of prison sentence would be dealt to Rabbi Metzger as part of the agreement.
Rabbi Metzger was voted in an Israel’s chief rabbi in 2003 and resigned his position in 2013 amidst allegations of wrongdoing, just months shy of completing his ten year term. Rabbi Metzger was questioned as early as 2005 about suspicious activity, with Israel’s attorney general decided against an indictment, calling instead for his immediate resignation.