The sentencing phase of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto’s trial has begun arduously for the defense, after Pinto pleaded guilty earlier this month to bribing a senior police official.
On Tuesday, Judge Oded Mudrik rejected a request from Pinto’s lawyers to introduce testimony that the official, Brig. Gen. Ephraim Bracha, gave to the police. The attorneys at the Tel Aviv District Court said this evidence would provide a more complex picture of the relationship between the two men.
But the prosecutors said the testimony would only provide a partial picture and in any case would violate the plea deal.
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