Thursday, March 8, 2012

Benizri's lying to parole board prompts calls for reform of system

The Israel Prison Service plans to test a treatment program for prisoners convicted of political corruption, according to the head of the Prisoner Rehabilitation Authority, the statutory body that helps set standards for prisoner releases.

The PRA requested that such a program be instituted following the statements made by former Shas minister Shlomo Benizri after his early release from prison last week.

Benizri had expressed remorse to a parole board for the bribery, breach of trust, conspiracy and obstruction of justice he committed while labor and social affairs minister, and was thus marked for early release after serving only two-and-a-half years of his four-year sentence. Immediately after his release, however, he retracted his statement of regret and proclaimed that he'd been framed and was innocent.


  1. Perhaps Benizri was telling the truth to the Parole Board but lying to the public when he said he had no regrets.

    You know what an embarrassment it would be for him to say that he regretted having sold influence, used bribery, and obstructed justice?

    His career as a Shas politician would have been over! Why else would someone be on their list?

  2. Shlomo, you made a good point. With that I will never vote for Shas no matter what the real story is.


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