Yonah Metzger 521.
(photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Former chief rabbi Yona Metzger was released to house arrest on Tuesday, a
little over a week after he was arrested on suspicion of receiving bribes and
Judge Menahem Mizrahi from the Rishon Lezion
Magistrate’s Court ruled that Metzger would remain under house arrest for 15
days and be banned from leaving the country for 180 days. In addition, he will
not be allowed to speak to the press about his case or be in contact with anyone
involved in the case, and he must post bond in the sum of NIS 500,000.
a hearing last week, the chief police investigator for the case said the
investigation was creating a “depressing picture” in which Metzger allegedly
received bribes and forbidden payments of an “unprecedented scope,” adding up to
millions of shekels in cash over the past 10 years.
The allegations state
that Metzger took payments of hundreds of thousands of shekels to act as an
agent directing people to donate to certain charities in Israel and abroad, and
that he took millions of shekels for “utilizing his authority as chief rabbi, in
a variety of different incidents.”
Metzger purportedly stashed the money
in a number of places, including his house, where police reportedly found large
amounts of cash stuffed between the pages of liturgical texts.
June, police from the National Fraud Squad raided Metzger’s home and offices and
questioned him for several hours.
The former chief rabbi and three other
men are suspected of involvement in the alleged financial crimes, and there is a
state’s witness – a former close associate of Metzger’s – working with police
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