By GREER FAY CASHMANPublished: JUNE 29, 2017 20:47
President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday decided to pardon Mea Shearim tax evader Yoel Kraus, who has served most of his five months sentence during which time his family was without a provider. Kraus, a member of the anti-Zionist Eida Haredit, is the father of 16 children. His wife Rachel is expecting their 17th child within coming days.Rivlin’s decision was made on humanitarian grounds.Kraus was imprisoned for operating a slaughtering house and not paying taxes on his income. The reason that he received a relatively light sentence was because the court understood that his tax evasion was not a matter of criminal intent, but of ideological persuasion in that he would not give part of his earnings to the Zionist state.
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