The Supreme Court on Sunday accepted the appeal filed of former Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger against the prison sentence he received for bribery and ruled that he would receive three and a half years in prison, as agreed upon in the original plea bargain.
Former Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, who admitted to taking bribes in millions of shekels as well as tax offenses, submitted an appeal to the Supreme Court about the four-and-a-half year prison sentence imposed on him by the District Court.
In a rare move, a Jerusalem judge on Thursday rejected a plea deal for former chief rabbi Yona Metzger, handing down a harsher sentence of four and a half years in prison on a slew of bribery and corruption charges.
Former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger was convicted on Monday morning of bribery and fraud and sentenced to 3.5 years’ imprisonment in accordance with a plea deal he signed last week.
Former chief rabbi Yona Metzger is reportedly to be jailed for three and a half years in a plea bargain about to be signed.
District Court Judge Moshe Yoad Hacohen rejected Thursday a plea by former Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger to close the case against him due to abuse of process claims.
Former Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, who is suspected of a number of corruption-related crimes, was allegedly caught on tape by his former partner in crime turned state’s witness attempting to obstruct the police investigation against him, Channel 2 News reported on Friday.