Case Against Israeli Judge Suspected of Sexual Abuse Closed for Lack of Evidence

Supreme Court president and justice minister agree that judge can return to preside over courtroom.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Supreme Court President Miriam Naor at the Israel Bar Association conference in Eilat, April 4, 2016.
Tomer Appelbaum

Supreme Court President Miriam Naor and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked have decided that the judge who was suspected of violence and sexual abuse against his daughter can return to his magistrate’s court bench, after the case against him was closed for lack of evidence.

The decision was made after the two examined the case file. They then informed the Courts Administration, the president of the court on which the judge serves and the judge himself of their decision.

Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit closed the case against the judge last week, stressing that the evidence was far from sufficient to file charges. Mendelblit had approved the investigation several months ago, after a welfare official issued a report that raised suspicions of possible crimes. A child investigator spoke to the alleged victim and her sister, while testimony was also taken from the preschool staff and others who had treated the girl.