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Son of Israeli PM pleads guilty to campaign finance corruption

[JURIST] Omri Sharon [official profile], the son of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon [BBC profile] and member of the Israeli Knesset, pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegal fundraising activities related to his father's reelection campaign [JURIST report]. In exchange for his admission to falsifying corporate documents, perjury and violating the party funding law, Sharon avoided more serious charges of fraud and breach of trust. The charges have a maximum penalty of five years in prison and the state is pushing for Sharon to serve time, but many believe the sentence will be much lighter. Omri Sharon is also expected to retire from politics. AP has more. Haaretz has local coverage.

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