Shlomo Lahiani

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Shlomo Lahiani
שלמה לחיאני
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Shlomo Lahiani
11th Mayor of Bat Yam
Personal details
Born (1965-05-22) 22 May 1965 (age 52)
Political party Kadima
Military service
Allegiance Israel Israel

Shlomo Lahiani (Hebrew: שלמה לחיאני‎‎, born May 22, 1965) is a business owner and former Israeli politician. He was formerly mayor of Bat Yam. In 2014, following a corruption investigation, Lahiani pleaded guilty to three counts of breach of public trust[1] and accepting at least NIS700,000 in bribes.[2]

Early life[edit]

Lahiani was born in 1965 in Israel. His parents were immigrants from Bengazi, Libya.

Career[edit]

In 1997, he founded the independent political movement Bat Yam BeRosh Muram. In 1998, the movement won five seats on the Bat Yam city council. He served as a city council member and leader of the opposition from 1998 until 2003, when he became mayor.

"Despite having been indicted and previously fired by the High Court of Justice,"[3] he was first elected mayor as a Labour-backed independent in 2003 with 45% of the vote, beating the Likud candidate.[4][5] He was subsequently re-elected, with 86.3% of the vote, reportedly the highest ever in a large Israeli city, in 2008.[6] In 2000, he founded Ohavim, a non-profit organization with the goal of improving welfare and child care, and managing soup kitchens in the city.

Corruption case[edit]

In December 2009, Lahiani was arrested on charges of fraud, breach of trust, embezzlement and money laundering following a two-year undercover investigation.[7] Lahiani was indicted in April 2013 with accepting bribes of NIS 900,000 and failing to disclose NIS 8 million in income, as well as fraud and breach of trust.[8]

In a plea bargain reached in 2014, Lahiani pleaded guilty to three reduced charges of breach of trust.[1] On September 30, 2014, Lahiani was given six months of community service, as well as a six-month suspended sentence and a 250,000-shekel (US$67,840) fine, and barred from politics for seven years.[2] He admitted to using money from the bribes to pay debts of his construction company, Alshav.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Baum, Ido (2014-05-09). "Bat Yam mayor plea bargain a good deal for all". Haaretz. Retrieved 2014-09-19. 
  2. ^ a b c Lior, Ilan. "Convicted Bat Yam mayor banned from politics for 7 years". Haaretz. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ Bob, Yonah Jeremy (8 May 2014). "State cuts plea bargain with Bat Yam mayor". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Lahiani stands as a Labour-backed independent". Haaretz. 2003-10-29. Retrieved 2009-11-21. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Likud loses control of several major cities". Haaretz. 2003-10-29. Retrieved 2009-11-21. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Who's your mayor? A look at the results of the '08 mayoral races". Haaretz. 2003-11-13. Archived from the original on 2008-11-25. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  7. ^ Oster, Marcy (2009-12-29). "Israeli mayor arrested for fraud". JTA. Retrieved 2014-09-19. 
  8. ^ Hovel, Revital (2009-04-23). "Prosecution: Bat Yam mayor to be indicted pending a hearing". Haaretz. Retrieved 2014-09-19.