Published On: Mon, Jun 17th, 2019

Israeli PM’s wife Sara Netanyahu found guilty misusing public fund

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Wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was convicted Sunday for misusing of public funds.

Sara Netanyahu was found guilty of using state funds for meals and bypassed spending restrictions through errors of the government accounting.

The 60-year-old was fined for around 10,000 shekels ($2,800) and Judge Avital Chen at Jerusalem magistrates’ court ordered to reimburse the state 45,000 shekels.

Her payment to the state will be in monthly installments starting this September.

Sara was initially charged last year in June with fraud and breach of trust when she made a payment of $100,000 for meals citing falsely no cook was available at the prime minister’s official residence.

The judge said she obtained benefit by deliberately exploiting mistake of another person.

Meanwhile, it is learned her attorney Yossi Cohen told the Jerusalem magistrates’ court she has been already punished by media for years of ugly leaks.

Cohen said in a tiny courtroom packed with journalists, “No other person could have withstood this, this lady is made of steel.”

The prosecution attorneys said taking significant amounts of public funds frequently for years by violating rules is a criminal offence.

Israeli PM's wife Sara Netanyahu found guilty misusing public fund

Apart from this, her husband Benjamin Netanyahu too is currently facing possible indictment for bribery.

Two people were barred to enter the courtroom for wearing t-shirts that read “crime minister.”

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