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Former minister Hirchson's sentence commuted

Ex-minister convicted of embezzlement to be released next month after Parole Board reduced his sentence by one third

Raanan Ben-Zur
Published: 12.20.12, 18:08 / Israel News

The Israel Prison Service's Parole Board decided Thursday to reduce the sentence of Former Finance Minister Avraham Hirschson by one third, a decision that will see him released from prison in January.


In 2009, Hirschson was sentenced to five years and five months in prison for the embezzlement of NIS 2.3 million (roughly $612,000) from the funds of the Histadrut Labor Federation and “Nili” association.


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Hirschson's attorney, Rotem Tobul, said that her client was "pleased with the committee's decision to grant his parole and thankful to the members of the committee.


"The parole," Tobul added, "only stipulates that he report to a police station once a month," noting that the IPS cited Hirschson's good behavior as grounds for the parole.


In 2011, the Supreme Court denied Hirschson's appeal on his conviction and sentence, ruling that Hirchson's conduct was "In contradiction not only with financial realities but also with reasonable common sense." 



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