Top police officer mentioned in Pinto case, cleared by High Court

Court says despite improper conduct in specific incident, conduct had not been so poor as to warrant court involvement.

June 11, 2014 18:58
Rabbi Yeshayahu Pinto

Rabbi Yeshayahu Pinto. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The High Court of Justice on Wednesday rejected a last ditch petition to disqualify Dep.-Ch. Ephraim Bracha, who heads the police National Fraud Squad from his position for criticism he received years ago from a lower court for inappropriate conduct.

The court said that despite his improper conduct in the specific incident, that such conduct had been considered by those approving his candidacy and that his conduct had not been so poor as to warrant court involvement.

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Bracha's name has also come up in reference to Rabby Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, who is expected to face an indictment (possibly as part of a plea bargain) for bribery and intimidating witnesses, including tring to bribe Bracha with $200,000 in July 2012 for information about a criminal investigation into Pinto's Hazon Yeshaya foundation.

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