List of Israeli public officials convicted of crimes or misdemeanors

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This is a list of Israeli public officials convicted of crimes or misdemeanors, alphabetized by branch. Only those in the highest levels of the executive, legislative, or judicial branches are included.[citation needed]

Presidents[edit]

On December 30, 2010, Israel's former President Moshe Katsav was convicted of two counts of rape, obstruction of justice, and other sexual offences by a court in Tel Aviv.
  • Moshe Katsav – the 8th president of the State of Israel. In a landmark and unprecedented case, on December 30, 2010, Katsav was convicted of two counts of rape, obstruction of justice, and other charges. On March 22, 2011, in a landmark ruling, Katsav was sentenced to seven years in prison.[1]

Prime ministers[edit]

  • Ehud Olmert – Prime minister from 2006 to 2009, cabinet minister 1988–1992, 2003–2006, mayor of Jerusalem 1993–2003. Convicted of breach of trust in July 2012, and of bribery in March 2015. In May 2015, Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison, but his sentence was reduced to 18 months in December 2015.[2]

Ministers[edit]

Knesset members[edit]

  • Naomi Blumenthal – Knesset member in the Likud party. On February 13, 2006, Blumenthal was convicted of bribery and obstruction of justice and was sentenced to 8 months in prison, a ten-month suspended sentence, and a fine of 75,000 shekels.[7]
  • Shlomo Dayan – Knesset member in the Shas party. In 2008 Dayan was convicted of fraud and forgery and sentenced to 4 months of community service.[citation needed]
  • Shmuel Flatto-Sharon – Knesset member between 1977 and 1981. In 1979, Flatto-Sharon was convicted of false promises of housing solutions for groups and thus choose sentenced to three months of community service and a suspended sentence of 15 month. In 2000 Flatto-Sharon was convicted of fraudulently receiving a sum of ten million from a French company. In accordance with the plea bargain Flatto-Sharon was sentenced to 11 months in prison, a 1.2 million dollars compensation payment to the French company, as well as a suspended sentence of three years.[citation needed]
  • Michael Gorlovsky – Knesset member in the Likud party between 2003 and 2006. Gorlovsky was involved in what became known as the "double votes scam" affair together with MK Yehiel Hazan.[8] In a plea bargain, Gorlovsky was charged with breach of trust rather than fraud, and was sentenced to two months of community service.[citation needed]
  • Yehiel Hazan – Knesset member in the Likud party. Hazan was convicted of voting twice during the second and third readings of a bill on the emergency economic plan in May 2003. Hazan was sentenced in June 2006 for 4 months of community service and a six-month suspended prison term.[citation needed]
  • Ofer Hugi – Knesset member in the Shas party. On December 25, 2006, Hugi was convicted of various charges related to forgery and fraud. As a result, Hugi was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay a 12,000 shekel fine.[citation needed]
  • Yair Levy – Knesset member in the Shas party between 1988 and 1992. In 1993, he was jailed for five years for embezzling NIS 500,000 from the party's El HaMa'ayan organisation.[9]
  • Yair Peretz – Knesset member in the Shas party. In March 2006 Peretz was convicted of fraudulently obtaining an academic degree.
  • Shmuel Rechtman – Knesset member in the Likud party between 1977 and 1979. In 1979, Rechtman was convicted of taking bribes and was sentenced to imprisonment, thus he became the first Knesset member who was convicted of criminal offenses and sentenced to imprisonment.[citation needed]
  • Omri Sharon – Knesset member in the Likud and Kadima parties during the 2000s. In 2006, Sharon was convicted of fraud and sentenced to 9 months in prison.[citation needed]
  • Saleh Tarif – a Druze Knesset member. In April 2004 Tarif was convicted of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, and was sentenced to 6 months of community service, fined 25,000 NIS and a suspended sentence of 8 months.[citation needed]
  • Yosef Vanunu – Knesset member in the Israeli Labor Party between 1992 and 1996. In 1997 Vanunu was convicted on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.[citation needed]

Public officials[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Edelman, Ofra (2011-03-22). "Former President Moshe Katsav Gets 7 Years in Jail for Rape". Haaretz. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  2. ^ "Olmert convicted after pleading guilty to witness tampering". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  3. ^ a b "American Jewish Yearbook 1984" (PDF). American Jewish Committee and Jewish Publication Society of America. p. 66. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  4. ^ Ward Lubitsch (June 8, 2009). "בית המשפט קבע: אברהם הירשזון גנב" [The court ruled: Avraham Hirschson stole] (in Hebrew). Ynet. Retrieved 2014-09-04. The judge in the district court for Tel-Aviv, Bracha Ophir Tom, convicted Hirschson of stealing approximately 2 million shekels from the National Workers Labor Federation.... 
  5. ^ Ofra Edelman (June 18, 2009). "Prosecutors demand 'harsh' prison term for convicted ex-finance minister". Haaretz. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  6. ^ Ofra Edelman (June 23, 2009). "ערב גזר הדין: אברהם הירשזון החזיר עוד 570 אלף שקלים להסתדרות העובדים הלאומית" [On the eve of his sentencing, Hirschson returned another 570,000 shekels to the National Workers Labor Federation]. Haaretz (in Hebrew). Retrieved September 4, 2014. ... the amount of money [stolen] was not decided formally by the judge, who said orally during the sentencing hearings that her calculations place the figure at 1.79 million shekels. Since the issue was not formally decided by the court, [defense attorney Yaakov] Weinrot informed the National Workers Labor Federation that according to their calculations [Hirschson] was convicted of stealing 1.73 million shekels. 
  7. ^ Nir Hasson (March 22, 2007). "Court upholds former Likud MK Blumenthal's 8-month jail term for bribery". Haaretz. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  8. ^ Yuval Yoaz (November 1, 2005). "Mazuz to indict MK Gorlovsky over double vote in Knesset". Haaretz. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  9. ^ "Yair Levy must stay in jail, panel rules" The Jerusalem Post, December 1, 1994[dead link]

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