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Litzman gets minor fine, no jail for shielding alleged pedophile Leifer from justice

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A Jerusalem court handed down an extremely light sentence to former minister Yaakov Litzman on Monday, as part of a plea deal that allowed him to avoid jail time. In exchange, Litzman admitted to abusing his powers in a failed bid to thwart the extradition of a suspected pedophile wanted in Australia.

Under the deal, the former United Torah Judaism party leader pleaded guilty to breach of trust, but prosecutors dropped an obstruction of justice charge, allowing him to avoid a moral turpitude enhancement that would have banned him from politics for several years.

The ex-health minister was accused of using his position to protect Malka Leifer, a former principal of an Orthodox girls’ school in Melbourne, who fled to Israel when accused of sexually assaulting minors.

Instead of jail time, Litzman was given a fine of NIS 3,000 ($907) and an eight-month suspended sentence, which will only go into effect if he commits the same crime again within the next three years.

Last week, Litzman resigned from the Knesset as part of the deal, after holding his seat for 23 years. He promised to remain involved in politics.

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