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The Kabbalist and AG Loretta Lynch

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The Rabbi Josiah Pinto scandal is a gem of Israeli justice system corruption. The case involved the ouster of the head of "the Israeli FBI" in the midst of various high level government corruption investigations. Leaked AG Lynch letter and Israel Police investigation transcripts as well as a perverted, secretive court process indicate business as usual in the "only democracy in the middle-east".

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Menashe Arbiv -- head of Israel Police National Investigations Unit ("the Israeli FBI"), was forced to resign for taking bribes from Pinto, Rabbi Pinto was convicted in a secretive, dubious trial on attempting to bribe Ephraim Bracha -- head of Israel Police National Fraud Unit. Pinto's claims that he also bribed Bracha are supported by AG Lynch's letter, but the Israeli justice system refuses to investigate the claims against Bracha.

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A February 2015 letter from AG Loretta Lynch, leaked this week, supports Pinto's claim of having bribed officer Bracha, Head of the Israel Police National Fraud Investigations Unit, which the Israeli justice system is trying to cover up.

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Former US Congressman (R-NY) Michael Grimm benefited from illegal campaign funding by Rabbi Pinto.

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Judge Oded Mudrick of the Tel-Aviv District Court is the current point-man in efforts to cover up the embarrassing scandal - through a secretive, perverted court process.

OccupyTLV, May 1 -- the latest government corruption scandal, where "kabbalist" Rabbi Josiah Pinto is the central figure, was again in the headlines this week, on several accounts... In recent years, the 41 year old Rabbi Pinto has been at the center of corruption investigations both in the US -- which ended in conviction of former US Congressman (R-NY) Michael Grimm [i] -- and in Israel -- which led to the resignation of the Head of Israel Police National Investigations Unit ("the Israeli FBI") Menashe Arbiv, whom Pinto apparently bribed. [ii] Pinto has repeatedly claimed that he also bribed Head of Israel Police National Fraud Investigations Unit Ephraim Bracha, but Israeli law enforcement and justice authorities refuse to investigate these claims, supported by FBI and US AG Lynch. The case also generated a rift between US and Israeli law enforcement agencies: Earlier, FBI transferred to Israel Police its evidence of Israel Police corruption, discovered in the Michael Grimm investigation. Israel Police and an unnamed Israeli cabinet member (most likely Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni) then tried to undermine the Michael Grimm investigation. [iii] Now FBI is retaliating by advertising the evidence of Israel Police corruption, which Israeli government is working hard to cover up... [iv]

In side stories, millions were apparently embezzled from Rabbi Pinto's NYC congregation; [v] Pinto was accused by his father in law, Chief Rabbi of the Argentine Jewish community, of fraud and money laundering (later retracted); [vi] Pinto made "bizarre" claims that he had been extorted, [vii] and Pinto's wife, who doubled as the cash envelopes delivery person, attempted suicide... [viii]

The Pino story is also garnished by cameo appearances of an assortment of followers, including former US Congressman Anthony Weiner, Israeli gas tycoon Isaac Tshuva, LeBron James, as well as top Israeli politicians and business leaders as fellow travelers". [ix,x]

Secretive, perverted criminal prosecution in the Tel-Aviv District Court

Earlier this week, Joseph Zernik, PhD, of Human Rights Alert (NGO) filed a Request to Inspect in the criminal prosecution court file of Rabbi Josiah Pinto. [xi] The filing followed the discovery of inexplicably false and missing records in the Tel-Aviv District Court's public access system, relative to Pinto's criminal prosecution. [xii] The perverted records must raise concerns regarding integrity of the prosecution, the Judge, and the Court.

The court file is listed as "Open to the Public" - it is not sealed.

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Figure: On April 29, 2015, a total of seven (7) decisions were listed in the public docket of the case, which by now should hold around 30 decisions. The decision records, which are posted in the public access system, include decisions on postponing hearing dates, changing defense counsel, and Defendant's access to evidence. Missing from the public access system are any hearing protocol, any decision pertaining to the evidence in this case, and any record of the conviction, reported by media to have taken place in a hearing on April 14, 2015. This court file and many others demonstrate that in the courts' new IT system, Net-HaMishpat, judges routinely maintain double-books for case dockets.

Only seven (7) decision records are listed in the docket of online public access system, in a case that should by now hold at least a couple dozen decision records. The records, which are posted in the public docket, include decisions on postponing hearing dates, changing defence counsel, and Defendant's access to evidence. Missing from the public docket are the indictment record, any hearing protocols, and any decisions pertaining to the evidence in this case.

On April 14, 2015, media reported from a hearing in the Tel-Aviv Court that Judge Oded Mudrick convicted Rabbi Pinto on charges related to attempt to bribe senior Israel Police officer Ephraim Bracha. However, the verdict record is missing from the public access system of the Court... It fails to appear under the "Decisions" tab, and likewise fails to appear under the "Judgments" tab of Net-HaMishpat -- IT system of the Israeli courts.

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Figure: On April 29, 2015, the Court Calendar showed that the April 28, 2015 sentencing hearing, which was extensively reported by media, "Did not take place". In other cases, it has been documented that the Court Calendar in Net-HaMishpat is unreliable, and judges may conduct "unofficial hearings", while the public and parties are under the impression that they are witnessing a lawful, binding court hearing.

On April 28, 2015, media extensively reported of Pinto's sentencing hearing in the Tel-Aviv District Court. However, the hearing is listed as "Did not take place" in the Court Calendar of the Court's public access system. The case is the latest, where an Israeli court is documented conducting a simulated court hearing -- one which the public is led to believe that a lawful, valid and effectual court hearing was conducted, while the judge considers it an "unofficial", "off the record" hearing...

Both the court calendar and the dockets have been recognized for hundreds of years as the "Books of Court". Such books are the fundamental instrument in the safeguard of integrity of the judges and the courts. Inspection of numerous court files in the Israeli courts, in the wake of implementing Net-HaMishpat -- the new IT system -- document the routine maintenance of double-books, and the entry of false, or vague and ambiguous data. Such findings are particularly blatant in court files that are related to various corruption scandals of recent years.

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