Sharon’s Son Sentenced to Jail for Nine Months for Illegally Raising Campaign Funds
JERUSALEM Feb 14, 2006 (AP)— An Israeli court sentenced the eldest son of ailing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to nine months in jail Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to illegally raising funds for one of his father’s political campaigns.
Omri Sharon pleaded guilty in November to falsifying corporate documents, perjury and violating party funding laws. Under a plea deal, prosecutors dropped charges of fraud and breach of trust but demanded imprisonment on the other counts.
Omri Sharon resigned his parliamentary seat in January in anticipation of the sentencing.
The Tel Aviv District Court also sentenced Omri Sharon to nine months on probation, to start after his release from prison. Omri Sharon will not have to serve the nine months immediately because his father is in a coma since suffering a massive stroke Jan. 4.