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Son of Israel ex-PM to serve sentence after appeal rejected

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website, in Hebrew] on Monday rejected an appeal by Omri Sharon [JURIST news archive] to reduce his seven-month prison sentence, saying that it found no reason to lighten Sharon's sentence after a lower court reduced his sentence [JURIST report] from nine months for good behavior. Sharon, who will begin serving his sentence on February 27, was convicted in February 2006 of illegally raising money [JURIST report] for his father's re-election campaign.

Sharon, son of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, has renounced his parliamentary immunity and has given up his seat in the Knesset [official website]. Lower courts have previously delayed the start of Sharon's prison sentence so he may spend time with his comatose father [JURIST report]. Haaretz has more.

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