A Jerusalem court on Wednesday sentenced a local lawyer to three years in prison for his role in a child’s torture case that involved his wife, son and mother-in-law.
The Jerusalem District Court ruled that the lawyer, Yaakov Zalmanovich, had committed the crime of kidnapping, torture and kidnapping in the case of the six-year-old girl.
Zalmanovich was charged in July 2016 with “torturing and kidnapping” the six year-old, who is currently in an Israeli detention facility.
According to the indictment, Zalmans wife, Shira Zalmenovich, took her child into custody and tortured her for several days before allowing her to be transferred to an Israeli military hospital.
She also allegedly used her husband’s identity to take the child into Israel, where she took her son to a hospital where he was later treated.
The court ruled that Zalmannovich had committed torture.
The court ordered that Zalamovich be released from custody after two years and fined him $5,000 for each count.
A third judge ruled in favor of the lawyer on the grounds that the indictment was too vague and did not specify the specific crime that he committed.
Zalmenovich is expected to appeal the decision.