Supreme Court upholds 30-year sentence for polygamist cult leader Ratzon

July 18, 2016 19:35

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the appeal of polygamist cult-leader Goel Ratzon to reduce his 30-year prison sentence for a range of sex and financial crimes.

In September 2014, Ratzon was convicted by the Tel Aviv District Court of most of the sex crimes he was accused of perpetrating against the women in his cult and of financial fraud, but he was acquitted of an enslaving charge regarding several of his “wives” and children.

Prior to his January 2010 arrest, Ratzon had 21 “wives,” who were part of his cult over a period of about 30 years, and with whom he had more than 40 children.

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