Unprecedentedly, a secular Israeli court launched criminal prosecution against a long-time get refuser at the request of the Israeli Rabbinate.

In Israel’s worst agunah case, Meir Goredetsky has refused to grant his wife Tzviah a get for the past 29 years, despite spending the last 17 years in jail.

By labeling Goredetsky as “a criminal offender who harms public interests and values,” the court made him liable to criminal penalties and subject to extradition if he flees overseas.