Wednesday 23 August 2017

Ex-chief rabbi of Israel to serve time for corruption

Yona Metzger's lawyer said the former rabbi has 'taken responsibility' for his mistakes (Markus Schreiber/AP)
Yona Metzger's lawyer said the former rabbi has 'taken responsibility' for his mistakes (Markus Schreiber/AP)

A former chief rabbi of Israel will serve time in jail for corruption after reaching a plea bargain with a Jerusalem court.

Yona Metzger will serve three-and-a-half years in prison and pay a 1.3 million dollar (£1 million) fine, the district court announced.

Metzger ended his term early, in 2013, over charges that included breach of trust, fraud and tax offences.

His lawyer Tal Gabai told Channel 10 TV his client has "taken responsibility" for his mistakes.

Israel has two chief rabbis, representing the Ashkenazi tradition from Europe and the Sephardic tradition from the Middle East and North Africa.

Together, they lead the country's supreme body overseeing Jewish religious services.

Metzger, who served as Ashkenazi chief rabbi, is the highest-ranking Israeli rabbi to be jailed for corruption.

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