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Attorney general to announces charges against UTJ’s Litzman — TV

Then-health minister Yaakov Litzman attends a press conference about the coronavirus at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, March 25, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Then-health minister Yaakov Litzman attends a press conference about the coronavirus at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, March 25, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit is set to announce a string of criminal charges against United Torah Judaism No. 2 Yaakov Litzman, Channel 13 reports.

Litzman is suspected of fraud and breach of trust for using his office to illicitly provide assistance to alleged serial sex abuser Malka Leifer, as well as on a separate bribery charge for allegedly helping to prevent the closure of a food business that his own ministry had deemed unsanitary.

Mandelblit will announce the charges in the coming days, the network says.

In January, Litzman stepped down as chair of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party after 18 years at the helm.

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