The Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday sentenced former Ramat Gan Mayor Zvi Bar to five and a half years in jail, over his February conviction of accepting some 2 million shekels ($516,000) in bribes, fraud, breach of trust, tax evasion and obstruction of justice.
The prosecution has asked that he get at least nine years in prison and be fined 5 million shekels, while the defense asked for community service.
Bar’s lawyer, Navot Tel-Zur, quoted the presiding Judge Zvi Gurfinkel, who had noted that the projects for which Bar took the bribes benefited the city. Tel-Zur also asked the judge to consider Bar’s contribution to the public and that Bar, 80, was not in the best of health.
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