Wife, Son of Chief Rabbi Due to Be Indicted in Assault Case

Rabbi Shlomo Amar will apparently not be charged in alleged abduction and assault of his daughter's suitor.

Roni Singer-Heruti
Haaretz Correspondent
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Roni Singer-Heruti
Haaretz Correspondent

The state is expected to file indictments Tuesday in an abduction and assault case involving the family of Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, but he himself will apparently not be charged.

Amar's lawyer, Benny Katz, said Sunday that while he has not been officially notified, the State Prosecutor's Office has apparently decided against indicting Amar, as it does not have sufficient evidence to substantiate its initial suspicion that the rabbi was aware of the assault in his home against his 17-year-old daughter's suitor.

But Amar's son Meir, 31, will apparently be charged with abduction and abuse, and two residents of Kalansua will also be indicted as accessories.

The rabbi's wife, Mazal Amar, will also probably be indicted. The police recommended charging her with conspiracy to commit a crime, since, sources close to the investigation told Haaretz, she knew about the assault.

No charges will be brought against Rabbi Amar's 18-year-old daughter Ayala. The police had recommended charging Ayala with facilitating the abduction by arranging to meet her suitor. However, the prosecution believes that she was coerced by her brother Meir and is a victim in this case.