The detention of Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger's former driver and personal assistant, Haim Nissan Eisenshtat, was extended on Monday by the Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court until at least June 30 in the bribery and fraud case which has nearly brought down the chief rabbi and three others on bribery, money-laundering and fraud allegations.
Two other suspects, Simcha Karkovsky – manager of the Beit Hatavshil charity in Bnei Brak, and Nissan Ben-Zion Zioni – manager of a beit midrash study hall and rabbinical school in Tel Aviv, were both released to house arrest under various conditions.
The decision comes following a successful appeal by the three on Sunday before the Lod District Court in which it overruled the Rishon Lezion court's earlier decision extending the suspects detention for longer.
The Lod Court said that the police could complete their investigation faster than they were estimating. Meanwhile, Metzger remains under house arrest and suspended himself on Sunday from most major duties pending completion of the case.