Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Investigators from the Israel Police National Fraud Squad raided Jerusalem office of Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger and the David Citadel Hotel

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At 7:26 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1104204633421

Dec. 28, 2004
Police raid Rabbi Metzger's office, J'lem hotel
By YAAKOV KATZ

Investigators from the Israel Police National Fraud Squad on Tuesday raided the Jerusalem office of Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger and the David Citadel Hotel in the capital to collect evidence in an investigation that the hotel allegedly gave the rabbi benefits unlawfully.

Police said they confiscated documents and other evidence that may be linked to the investigation.

At this stage of the investigation, they have yet to deiced whether to order the rabbi to appear for investigation.

The evidence will be transferred to the state prosecutor and the attorney-general, who will decide whether to summon Metzger for an interrogation, police said.

Two weeks ago, Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz ordered the police to launch what he termed a "preliminary investigation" into allegations that Metzger received special hotel discounts from the David Citadel Hotel during the past Pessah and Succot holidays.

At the time, Metzger claimed that he received the discounts in accordance with routine government arrangements.

 
At 7:27 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

For some background see -
http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/metzger.html

 
At 11:16 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1104204634858

Dec. 28, 2004
Police step up Metzger probe
By YAAKOV KATZ AND MATTI WAGNER
Jerusalem Post

Investigators from the Israel Police National Fraud Squad raided the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem on Tuesday to collect evidence related to the investigation against Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger and allegations the hotel granted him unlawful benefits. Last Wednesday police raided Metzger's Jerusalem office and confiscated receipts from the different times he stayed at the hotel.

Police said they have yet to decide whether to summon the rabbi to appear for questioning but that they will transfer the evidence to State Prosecutor Eran Shendar and Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz who together will decide how to proceed.

Two weeks ago, Mazuz ordered the police to launch what he termed a "preliminary investigation" into allegations that Metzger received special hotel discounts valued at thousands of dollars from the David Citadel Hotel during the past Pessah and Succot holidays.

Channel 2, which broke the story two months ago, presented a letter written by a hotel employee according to which Metzger's stay in the hotel improved public relations. At the time, Metzger claimed he received the discounts in accordance with routine government arrangements.

Meir Rosenthal, Metzger's bureau chief, said Tuesday that the chief rabbi, who denies any wrongdoing, is fully complying with the investigation.

"The police called me in advance and told me they wanted the receipts from the hotel," recounted Rosenthal. "Since I arranged the hotel stays myself I had them handy. Two policemen showed up, took the receipts and left. They stayed two minutes."

On Tuesday, Army Radio reported that police are considering questioning former chief rabbis who also may have received similar benefits from local hotels. Police confirmed the report but said that at this stage of the investigation "anything is possible."

About two weeks ago, Metzger's attorney, Ya'acov Weinroth, responding to the opening of investigation, said "The Chief Rabbinate's office walked a well-traveled road regarding the hotel stay and did nothing unusual. All the plans were made according to accepted procedures of the Chief Rabbinate and the Religious Affairs Ministry for years."

 

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