Monday, July 30, 2007

High Court dismisses Metzger's petition

Jul. 30, 2007 13:33 | Updated Jul. 30, 2007 17:04

The High Court of Justice on Monday rejected Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger's petition against Attorney General Menahem Mazuz.

Metzger's petition was in response to a highly critical report released by Mazuz. Metzger claims that Mazuz should have conducted a hearing prior to releasing the report in order to allow the Rabbi to defend himself.

Five judges headed by Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch ruled that the evidence presented by Mazuz against Metzger was not final, and that the rabbi would have a right to petition later on if proceedings to dismiss him were to commence.

Metzger petitioned the High Court in April 2006 in response to Mazuz's report, which investigated three events in which Metzger received discount prices on rooms in luxurious Jerusalem hotels for himself and his family, even though he received an official residence by the government.

A police investigation recommended that Metzger stand trial for accepting bribes and for breach of trust. Mazuz later decided that there was not sufficient evidence for an indictment.

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