Elior Chen. Indicted
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Mother of abused kids: Sadist Elior Chen misled me
Mother of children abused by 'rabbi' breaks out in tears in court. 'In my foolishness, naivete, and blindness, I was misled by this sadist, who said my children are sick.' She says she is testifying in court so her children will know 'I will never abandon them again'
"There are not enough words in the world to describe and express the enormity of the pain, the sorrow, and the regret I have in my heart for everything I endured and put my children and everyone through," said on Monday the mother of the children abused by Elior Chen, her voice choked with tears. The mother is a state witness against the "abusive rabbi."
"To my great sorrow, in my stupidity, my naivete, and my blindness, I was misled by this sadist who said my children are sick… sorrow for the action and its results will stay with me forever," said the mother.
A hearing was held Monday in Jerusalem District Court regarding the plea bargain of M., who is a State witness in the Chen abuse case. According to the plea bargain struck between the State Prosecution and M.'s legal team, she will serve a five-year prison sentence on the condition that she testify against Chen and all others involved in the abuse case.
At the end of the hearing, M. rose to her feet and submitted a current picture of her family to the court and read a letter she wrote: "To my great sorrow, I saw this very evil man, who did these grievous things to my children. Sorrow for the action and its consequences will stay with me forever. I fell in my actions towards my children, who are more precious to me than anything."
M., who couldn't hold back her tears, found it hard to continue speaking. "I became a State witness for the children in order to show them that instead of Mom keeping quiet and not protecting them, I stood before the court and spoke, and was not afraid for them so that they will know that I will never abandon them again.
"My children are counting the days until they return and we are reunited. Above all else, my little son, who is lying in a hospital, needs his mother to no end. My children need their mom. Dad himself cannot fill all the roles. I say these things with a heavy heart that cannot be healed," she continued.
During the hearing, State Prosecution representative, Attorney Nurit Blubstein, asserted that the plea bargain was balanced and that M. committed to issue full and detailed testimonies regarding all those involved in the abuse affair in order to reveal the truth about how her children were treated. She added that M.'s testimony is an important link in revealing what took place in the indictment.
M.'s lawyers said that they concur with the statements made by the State Prosecution and that the mother upheld her end of the plea bargain, noting that taking the witness stand was no small step for her that opened old wounds.
Judge Zvi Segal said at the end of the hearing that a sentence will be handed down in another two weeks.