Tuesday Dec 25, 201210:05 AM GMT
‘Ex-Israeli chief rabbi indicted’
Former Israeli chief rabbi Eliahu Bakshi-Doron
Former Israeli chief rabbi Eliahu Bakshi-Doron
Tue Dec 25, 2012 10:5AM
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Former Israeli chief rabbi has been indicted by the regime’s authorities over charges of fraud and breach of trust, reports say.


Eliahu Bakshi-Doron was indicted on Monday for his role in, what has become known as, the “Rabbis’ File” scandal, which involves the regime’s Chief Rabbinate.

Bakhsi-Doron and other Israeli rabbis faced charges of giving false rabbinical ordination certificates to thousands of troopers and police officers so that they could receive pay rises.

The rabbi’s indictment said that hundreds of millions of shekels had been given to the troopers and police officers without any justification.

The scandal came under spotlight in 2002 when irregularity was found in the personal file of a policeman, who had faced disciplinary action for family violence.

The policeman was found receiving an extra bonus for “a rabbinical degree” in addition to his salary.

An investigation was launched into the case, finding that 540 such “rabbis” were serving in the Israel police at the time.

Bakshi-Doron's attorneys, Yaakov Weinroth and Yaron Kostelitz, slam the indictment, saying the rabbi had been subjected to “a serious injustice.” They also said that 12 years had passed since the offenses took place and five years since the prosecution told the rabbi it was dropping the case.

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