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Police on Wednesday finished a probe of Rabbi Avraham Chaim Sherman, a judge on
the Great Rabbinical Court of Jerusalem.
Officers from the National Fraud
Investigative Unit suspect Sherman of breach of trust, obstruction of justice
and abuse of power in his ruling in a divorce proceeding.
over the case to state prosecutors on Wednesday, who will decide whether to
pursue an indictment.
The Lahav 433 – National Crime Unit said that
following a complaint in 2010, Sherman was questioned under caution and that
over the course of the probe, police determined that he “made the decision to
release from jail a man who refused to give his wife a divorce after he
[Sherman] was exposed to outside pressure that influenced his decision in the
case, which was decided without following the usual rabbinical court
A source from LAHAV 433 said that police do not believe the
pressure was in the form of a threat or through bribery. Rather, some sort of
emotional or personal pressure was put on the judge to release the husband from
jail. Furthermore, the source said that the investigation only deals with a
specific case, and that police do not suspect that Sherman committed such
wrongdoing in any other case.
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