Former Minister Benizri's Sentence Reduced

Israel Prisons Service's Releases Committee takes third off sentence; Benizri will be released in April.

Gil Ronen,

Benizri enters jail
Benizri enters jail
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The Israel Prisons Service's Releases Committee has decided to shorten the jail sentence of former Shas minister Shlomo Benizri by one third, due to his good behavior. Benizri was sentenced to four years in jail for accepting bribes, breach of trust and other offenses.

Following the decision to shorten his sentence, Benizri will be released in April, instead of July 2013.

A court found that when he was Minister of Labor, Benizri gave his friend, Moshe Sela, who owns a manpower company for foreign workers, inside information about worker quotas.

In return, Benizri received from Sela a sum of NIS 40,000; payment of NIS 28,000 to a lawyer who represented Benizri in a libel suit; a dining table and chairs worth NIS 7,000; installation of an NIS 23,000 air conditioning system in Benizri's home, and cleaning services in Benizri's home.

In addition, in 2000 and 2001 Sela gave Benizri monthly payments, and in late 2001 gave him a sum of $200,000.

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