Celebrity chef Eyal Shani on Sunday was given one additional day to deposit NIS
189,000 toward his bankruptcy debts or face up to 45 days in prison, Supreme
Court Justice Esther Hayut ruled.
On Thursday, the Tel Aviv District
Court issued the initial order obligating Shani to pay the sum to avoid
Shani had asked the Supreme Court to freeze the lower
court’s imprisonment order until he had time to file a formal
Shani had hoped to put off his imprisonment for longer and at a
lower amount, but the lower court said that Shani had abused the process for too
Hayut said that she could not grant Shani an extended reprieve from
imprisonment until he at least filed a formal appeal contesting the substance of
the lower court’s decision.
She also commented that it was highly
irregular that Shani had asked for more time to file a formal appeal without
contesting the lower court’s decision at the same time.
Still, even the
extra day’s reprieve and several extra days, until Thursday, to file a formal
appeal on the lower court’s decision was a partial victory for Shani.
latest series of hearings arose when Shani, who is in bankruptcy, was accused by
his trustees, supervising the bankruptcy, of failing to make payments that had
already been agreed upon to his creditors for around 10 months.
imprisonment would end after 45 days or earlier if he made a payment toward the