Agencies, Tuesday, February 14, 2006 18:36 IST
TEL AVIV: An Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s son Omri to nine months in prison for corruption charges linked to the financing of his father’s party leadership campaign.
Tel Aviv magistrate’s court delayed the start of Omri’s jail term for six months, saying it was taking into account the condition of his father, who has been comatose since a January 4 stroke.
Omri had entered a plea bargain in the hope of reducing his sentence, as the counts against him — perjury, fraud and breach of trust — carry a maximum penalty of seven years in jail. But his lawyer said he would appeal against Tuesday’s ruling.
The prime minister denied wrongdoing in the funding case, and Israel’s attorney-general last year dropped a related probe against him, citing lack of evidence.