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The Supreme Court on Sunday reduced former chief rabbi Yona Metzger's jail sentence for bribery charges from four-and-a-half years to three-and-a-half years, accepting his appeal.
Metzger had agreed to a plea bargain with the prosecution which included a three-and-a-half year jail sentence, but the Jerusalem District Court took the unusual step of giving him an even harsher sentence at four-and-a-half years.
The former chief rabbi then appealed to the Supreme Court which said that in light of all of the circumstances surrounding the case, the lower court should have respected the plea deal, as is the normal custom.
Metzger was indicted in October 2015 accused of accepting NIS 10 million in bribes and his trial opened in March 2016, but never got deep into the trial phase due to ongoing plea bargain negotiations which eventually resulted in a deal.