In an unusual step, a bais din in Chaifa annulled the marriage of Oded Guez who has refused to divorce his wife G. for the past six years.
During the difficult case, Guez was subjected to extreme sanctions including the loss of his job as lecturer at Bar Ilan University after he was penalized with harchakos, which included not speaking to him, employing him or giving him any honor. His name and photo were publicized resulting in unprecedented shaming on social networks.
Guez fled overseas with a forged passport and was pursued in Cyprus, Ukraine, England and Belgium. After his recent arrest in Belgium, Israel’s Justice Department began steps to extradite him back to Israel.
But after hearing testimony from witnesses and reexamining the case, the bais din decided to annul the marriage retroactively after hearing new evidence that a witness at the couple’s wedding was non-observant.