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Rabbi Pinto Will Be Charged with Bribing Police Officer

Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto is being accused of bribing a high ranking policeman. Pinto, a powerful Israeli Rabbi, is at the center of a scandal that’s made headlines in Israel in recent weeks.

Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto is being accused of bribing a high ranking policeman. Pinto, a powerful Israeli Rabbi, is at the center of a scandal that’s made headlines in Israel in recent weeks.
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Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has decided on Wednesday to adopt the state attorney’s recommendation and charge Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto with bribery. Rabbi Pinto is expected to be indicted in the next few days, and the counts will include interfering in a police investigation, bribing officials, harassing a witness and money laundering.

The charges will be pressed following a long campaign on the part of the accused and his attorneys to avoid his indictment, a campaign that included, according to the prosecution, an attempt to reach a plea bargain using incriminating material against the commander of special cases unit Lahav 433, Menashe Arbiv, who has meanwhile retired from the police.

Rabbi Pinto will be charged with giving a $200 thousand bribe to Commander Ephraim Bracha, head of the police national fraud unit a year ago, in exchange for information regarding the investigation of the not-for-profit Chazon Yeshaia (Isaiah’s Vision), headed by Rabbi pinto. At the time, Commander Bracha informed his superiors about the bribe attempt, and will likely be a key witness for the prosecution.

The rabbi’s attorneys told the press that they will present their response in due time, and that they found AG Weinstein’s decision to go ahead with the indictment “questionable.”

The “Shuva Israel” institutions, which are run by Rabbi Pinto, released the following statement: “We believe completely in the Rabbi’s righteousness, and in the coming days will expose to the public the entire litany of events in this case since 2010. Back then, rabbi Pinto was the victim of blackmail and threats in the United States. When this entire affair from that time on is exposed, the public will be able to judge who is the accuser and who the accused.”

According to Walla, Rabbi Pinto has disappeared in recent weeks, and no one in his network of institutions, in Israel and in the U.S. knows where he is. Rumors have it that he’s been teaching Torah to his followers in Texas, Los Angeles or New York City. Other rumors suggest he is back in Israel.

Another source suggested he was in Morocco, “where they show him more respect.”

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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5 Responses to “Rabbi Pinto Will Be Charged with Bribing Police Officer”

  1. I pray for his family and his return safe and sound .. May Hadhem be with him

  2. Aldo Mimoun says:

    Another charlatan Rabbi that feeds on people weaknesses. Selling prayers and benedictions to the highest bidder. What about the other false Messiah Abuhatzeira whose colossal fortune is estimated to be over $300
    millions dollars. How did he achieve that? Maybe it was an act of God.

  3. Yechiel Baum says:

    Rabbi's should be practicing what they preach and supposed learn. In our holy Torah, this is not the correct way. All breakers from the Holy Laws should automatically lose their Rabbinical certification and treated as a criminal under full extent of the JEWISH HOLY law.

  4. maybe this rabbi is like my neighbour who when confronted with his mortality exclaimed "If I cant take it with me, I am not going"

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