Monday, November 4, 2013

Associate of Beit Shemesh mayor arrested in voter fraud case

Kikar Shabbat (Hebrew)   Times of Israel   An associate of the mayor of Beit Shemesh was arrested last week and remains in police custody over suspicions of involvement in voter fraud in last month’s contested municipal elections.[...]

The police’s Lahav 443 special investigations unit began an examination of the allegations after police found 160 identity cards in an apartment and in a car in the city.

Investigators suspect that Shaya Brand, an associate of Mayor Moshe Abutbul, organized a plan to identify nonvoters and pay them for their identity cards, so that Abutbul supporters could use them to cast fraudulent votes, police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said.

Abutbul won the election over challenger Eli Cohen by less than 1,000 votes. [...]


  1. "An associate of the mayor of Beit Shemesh"

    What does this mean was how is he an "Associate" did he speak to him once or twice, was he in a previous council party's ranks and participated in council meetings with him?

    Or is he part of Mayor Abutbul reelection campaign?

    My understanding is that it was a group of supporters for the Kach party who is a Chasidic break off party from Agudas Yisroel and their competition for the Chasisic votes whose main purpose was to get council seats.

    Hardly an accomplice of Mayor Abutbul , but the anti-Charedei interests will grasp at anything to besmirch and take the Mayor down.

  2. There have been many breaches found,,,not just the Chassidic group,

    AVF,,,politics is mud and many even nicer, kinder, more religious, more righteous have fallen into the mud.


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