The state Tuesday appealed to the Supreme Court against the leniency of the sentence imposed on Upper Nazareth Mayor Shimon Gapso.
Gapso was convicted in February of taking a bribe, albeit in an unusual form: He pressured a city councilman to resign by threatening that if he didn’t, the councilman’s ex-wife would be fired from her job in the municipality’s economic corporation. Two weeks ago, the Haifa District Court sentenced Gapso to six months of community service, a 12-month suspended sentence and a fine of 20,000 shekels ($5,200).
Because the court ruled that Gapso’s crime did not involve moral turpitude, Gapso immediately resumed his job as mayor, from which he had been suspended for the previous 14 months, ever since the indictment was filed. His first move upon returning was to fire the acting mayor and the city manager.
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