Israel police: rabbi might face trial

May 22, 2005 at 3:57 PM
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JERUSALEM, May 22 (UPI) -- Israeli police said Sunday they have enough evidence to put the country's chief Ashkenazi rabbi on trial for fraud and breach of trust.

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger was questioned in April by police at the National Fraud Squad offices in Bat Yam after evidence suggested he may have received benefits from David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, Ha'aretz reported Sunday.

The incident was the first time a chief rabbi had been questioned in an Israeli police station.

Police sources said Metzger was cooperative and answered questions that needed to be clarified before the investigation's completion.

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