Former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger arrived today at Maasiyahu Prison, ignoring the calls of journalists on site. The Supreme Court accepted his appeal yesterday, shortening his time in prison by one year.
Rabbi Metzgar arriving at Maasiyahu Prison
Rabbi Yona Metzger, a former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, began serving his time in prison earlier today (Monday).
Metzger was arrested on November 18, 2013 after an investigation. He was charged with bribery, money laundering and income tax violations.
The Supreme Court accepted his appeal yesterday, validating the plea bargain according to which he admitted he was guilty of bribery, tax fraud and interfering in the trial process. In exchange, he would receive a prison sentence of three-and-a-half years and pay one million shekels in exchange for not serving another 18 months in prison.
The acceptance of the plea bargain happened after two months ago, he was sentence to 4.5 years in prison. Thus, the Supreme Court ruling shortens his time in prison by a year.
The rabbi arrived this morning at the gates of Maasiyahu Prison while ignoring the journalists wanting to interview him. He will serve his time in the Torani cellblock, a special bloc for religious prisoners.
This is the very same cellblock that until recently held former President of Israel Moshe Katsav and just a cellblock away from where former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert is currently serving his time in prison, also for bribery.