Israeli PM Sharon's son indicted for campaign finance corruption

[JURIST] Omri Sharon [official profile], a member of the Israeli Knesst and the son of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon [Wikipedia profile], was indicted Sunday on charges of forgery, perjury and violating campaign finance laws, stemming from his fund raising activities for his father's election campaigns. The Israeli Justice Ministry [official website] believes Omri Sharon created ficticious companies to conceal illegal campaign contributions from foreign and domestic groups between July 1999 and February 2000 for the Likud party[official website, in Hebrew] primaries. Prosecutors decided in February not to indict Ariel Sharon himself[JURIST report] on corruption charges, but Attorney General Meni Mazuz [official bio] said charges would be filed against Omri after attempts to reach a plea bargain failed. If convicted, Omri faces up to 5 years in jail. AP has more. The Jerusalem Post provides local coverage.

 

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