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Israeli Polygamist Sentenced to 30 years in Jail for Sex Crimes

Moremi Elekwachi

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Goel Ratzon

An Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced an Israeli polygamist to 30 years imprisonment for sex crimes against a host of women he coerced into living with him in a sect-like residence in south Tel Aviv.

Goel Ratzon, 64, was convicted in September, after a four-year high-profile trial, of various counts of rape, sodomy and indecent acts.

However, he had been acquitted of another charge that he held the women in slave-like circumstances, with the judges arguing that he used emotional but no physical, means to keep the women from fleeing.

According to a report, Ratzon was handed another 30 months on probation and ordered to pay recompensation of up to 140,000 Israeli shekels (almost $40,000) to several of the women.

Photo Credit: Reuters

Moremi Elekwachi is a Media and Communications expert. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia, and a Master’s Degree in Communication Management (with a concentration in Marketing communication) from the University of Southern California. She is Founder and Lead Publicist at Euphorique PR, a leading full-service Public Relations & Marketing Communications company that helps individuals, companies and public figures effectively communicate, engage, and build relationships with their target audiences & stakeholders via digital media and traditional media platforms. Prior to establishing Euphorique PR, Moremi gathered a wealth of experience, working at prestigious media companies both at home and abroad including Wondros (Los Angeles, CA), Wildflower PR, and also BellaNaija, where she served as News Editor & Head of Business Development. Moremi is also the founder of www.queenmoremi.com, a fresh platform dedicated to empowering and celebrating the modern African millennial woman, as she strives to live her best life. In her spare time, she loves to write, gossip about popular culture, and sing her heart out. @queenmoremi: Twitter @queenmoremi: Facebook @queenmoremi: Instagram

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