Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has decided to indict Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman on the United Torah Judaism party for obstruction of justice and breach of trust, pending a hearing.
The pending charges relate to suspicions that Litzman used his former position as deputy health minister to prevent the extradition to Australia of a former principal of an Orthodox girls school in Melbourne accused of assaulting minors, and to prevent the closure of a deli cited for health violations.
Mandelblit won’t indict Litzman for bribery, which police recommended he be charged for.
Litzman’s United Torah Judaism is a key partner in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s right-wing religious bloc.
Litzman’s office issued a statement reacting to Attorney General Avichai Mandlelblit’s announcement that he intends to indict the minister.
“We believe in Minister Litzman’s full innocence,” it says, welcoming Mandenblit’s decision not to include a bribery charge.
His offices says Litzman is readying for the hearing and that “b’ezrat Hashem” he won’t ultimately be charged.
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