Sunday, January 16, 2005

AG Menachem Mazuz: Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger should have suspended himself when criminal investigation into his activities was launched a month ago

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At 4:47 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

see background at: http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/metzger.html

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/527897.html
AG: Metzger should have suspended himself
By Yuval Yoaz

Attorney General Menachem Mazuz believes that Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger should have suspended himself from his post when the criminal investigation into his activities was launched about a month ago.

In an interview with journalist Dan Shilon appearing tomorrow in the Koteret journal, Mazuz says that an individual who holds "a high and sensitive office" and is suspected of criminal offenses should take leave from his duties at his own initiative, "and the position of Rabbi Metzger most certainly meets the definition of a high and sensitive office."

According to Mazuz, the position of chief rabbi "must convey absolute integrity, even more than that of a minister or deputy minister. Mazuz adds, however, that "the authority to decide on the suspension of the chief rabbi is in the hands of the president of the rabbinical court," and that "the issue is a public not a legal one."

 
At 11:10 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1105932029723

Jan. 17, 2005
Mazuz: Metzger should suspend himself
By DAN IZENBERG

Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger should voluntarily suspend himself because of allegations that he received lower rates from a Jerusalem hotel because of his position, the attorney-general said in an interview with the monthly magazine Koteret, which is due to go on sale Tuesday.

On December 15, Attorney General Menahem Mazuz ordered the police to launch a "preliminary" investigation into allegations that Metzger received special hotel discounts at the David Citadel's Hotel during the past Pessah and Succot holidays.

In a lengthy interview with the magazine, Koteret asked Mazuz whether he believed Metzger ought to continue performing his duties while being investigated on suspicion of accepting bribes.

"The higher and more sensitive a position the person who is under suspicion of criminal behavior holds, the better it would be if he voluntarily suspended himself," replied Mazuz.

Koteret: Does this include Rabbi Metzger?

Mazuz: Rabbi Metzger's position absolutely fulfills the definition of a "high and sensitive position." His is a position that must radiate absolute integrity, even more than that of a minister or deputy minister. It is a position of moral values and therefore there is increased sensitivity regarding any flaw or suspicion connected to the person."

Mazuz added that this was a "public" rather than a legal matter and that the only person empowered to suspend Metzger was the president of the Rabbinical Court.

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