High Court says Mazuz should not be reprimanded for not allowing Metzger defend himself against allegations of misconduct
The High Court of Justice rejected on Monday a petition by Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger that demanded Attorney General Menachem Mazuz be reprimanded for not allowing the rabbi to defend himself against an A-G report linking him to a number of allegations of misconduct.Metzger decided to go ahead with the petition despite Mazuz's decision to adopt a past recommendation by the court that bribery allegations against Metzger be dropped from his report for lack of evidence and that the report be rewritten.
In a previous hearing the court faulted Mazuz for not holding a hearing for Metzger to allow him to defend himself before the report's publication, saying the A-G had "put the cart before the horse."The legal saga kicked off last April when Mazuz recommended that Metzger resign from his post for using his position to earn free stays at luxury hotels in Jerusalem while shunning a state-funded residence in the capital.
In answering Metzger's petition, the court said there was no ground to reprimand Mazuz after he decided to drop the allegations against Metzger from a rewritten report.