Complaint filed in Shas wiretapping affair

Rabbi in recorded conversation with Shas chairman Aryeh Deri in which Deri attacked Jerusalem Chief Rabbi files complaint over 'wiretapping'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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Rabbi Yaakov Cohen, the son of the President of the Council of Torah Sages, Rabbi Shalom Cohen, filed a complaint Wednesday morning with the Jerusalem police for suspected wiretapping after a recorded conversation between himself and Shas chairman Aryeh Deri was leaked and quoted in the media, Yisrael Hayom reported.

In recordings of Deri captured without his knowledge and broadcast on Channel 2 on Monday, Deri was heard demanding Cohen immediately cut ties with all of Deri's opponents in the party and disparaging the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Rabbi Shlomo Amar.

The recording set off a firestorm in the party and the religious world.

An associate of Deri told Yisrael Hayom: "Everyone knows that Rabbi Amar made independent moves. Everyone knows that he is in the opposition in Shas. What not everyone knows is how far treachery can reach between people who used to be close."

He added: "It is inconceivable that Rabbi Cohen or someone from his surroundings dared to record Deri. They have been friends for 30 years. No one can say 'I didn't intend this, I didn't think it would reach the media. Rabbi Cohen caused damage to Shas, and especially to the relationship between the two (Deri and Rabbi Cohen). He is finished with Shas. He is anathema."