Police Recommend Indicting Israeli Health Minister For Aiding Alleged Pedophile

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Police recommended indicting Israeli lawmaker Yaakov Litzman for bribery and aiding an alleged pedophile.

Litzman, who heads the haredi Orthodox United Torah Judaism party and serves as deputy health minister, could be charged with fraud and breach of trust for helping alleged child sex abuser Malka Leifer including preventing her from being extradited to Australia where she faces 74 counts of child abuse, and for bribery for helping to prevent the shutdown of a food business that the health ministry determined had serious sanitation violations.

The police recommendation that Litzman be charged with bribery, fraud, witness tampering and breach of trust was announced on Tuesday.

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