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Case against Amar closed
Photo: Gil Yohanan
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Rabbi's wife indicted
Photo: Avi Cohen

Case against chief rabbi closed

Prosecutors say no evidence found of Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar’s connection to kidnapping scandal involving his daughter’s suitor. Meanwhile, rabbi’s wife and son indicted at Tel Aviv court Wednesday

TEL AVIV - The case against Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar has been closed after no evidence was found to indicate he was connected to a kidnapping scandal involving his daughter’s suitor, the Tel Aviv Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday.


However, the rabbi’s wife, Mazal, his son, Meir, and two Arab brothers involved in the affair were indicted at the Tel Aviv District Court Wednesday morning.


On Tuesday, Attorney General Menachem Mazuz convened a long meeting with legal officials to discuss the question of Rabbi Amar’s possible indictment. State Prosecutor Eran Shendar also attended the session, which lasted for about five hours.


‘I don’t know what’s Internet’


Last week, Mazuz gave police the go-ahead to question the chief rabbi over the affair upon his return from Thailand. Amar was subsequently interrogated for five hours.


During his questioning, police found contradictions between his version of events and the details provided by his son, Meir, who is the chief suspect in the scandal.


Police detained Amar’s daughter, son, and wife several weeks ago on suspicion of abducting a 17-year-old religious youngster who dated the chief rabbi’s daughter after the two met on the Internet.


However, Amar later denied having Internet access at his home and said his family’s good name was being compromised by the false reports.


“I don’t know what’s Internet, I never saw what it is, it was never at my home,” he said.


פרסום ראשון: 05.18.05, 09:03
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