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Former Israeli Minister in Prison over Corruption

Former Israeli Minister in Prison over Corruption

Wednesday, 1 November, 2017 - 08:30

Former Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov will serve 15 months in prison for breach of trust as part of a plea bargain agreed with the State Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday.

Charges of drug possession against Misezhnikov were dropped as part of the deal and he will also pay a 70,000 shekel ($20,000) fine.

According to the amended indictment, Misezhnikov will admit that while serving as tourism minister, he allocated a budget of 1 million shekels to a student festival held in Eilat in 2010, while at the same time asking the organizers of the festival to employ his girlfriend Julia Roth.

The Prosecution agreed to drop charges stating that Misezhnikov during his tenure was sending his advisers to purchase cocaine and that he used drugs during official occasions.

Misezhnikov is one of 35 figures in Yisrael Beiteinu Party who were arrested for various corruption accusations, and they all worked under the leadership of the minister of defense and head of Yisrael Beiteinu Avigdor Lieberman. Among these figures are heads of settlements in the West Bank.

There have been strict discussions in the media and politics regarding the role of Lieberman and the reason that prevents the police from investigating him.

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