Rabbi Pinto gets rehabilitation plan

Attorneys for Rabbi Pinto to press for early release from prison after rehabilitation program proposed.

Michal Levy ,

Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto
Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto

In another day, the leader of the "Shuva Yisrael" organization, Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto, will appear before the parole board to request an early release from prison, to which he has been sentenced for one year.

Channel 10 reported last night on the rehabilitation program under whose pretext Rabbi Pinto's defense team will request his early release.

According to the report, within the framework of the rehabilitation program, the Rabbi would stay in the Jerusalem Hotel far from his disciples, and speak privately with a rabbi in order to cleanse himself of his behavior of recent years. It was also reported that the rabbi is to participate in group therapy for fraud offenders.

Last week it was reported that Israeli police possessed intelligence information about ties between the Rabbi and a key sources from within the crime world.

About a month ago, President Reuven Rivlin said that he did not intend to pardon Rabbi Pinto, who had submitted a request for early release. In so doing, Rivlin adopted the stance of the Department of Justice and rejected the plea of the Rabbi, who was sentenced to a year in prison as part of a plea bargain, after he was convicted of trying to give bribes to Brig. Gen. Efraim Bracha and of obstruction of justice.