Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Wife Convicted For Public Fund Misuse

New Delhi: An Israeli court on Sunday convicted the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for misusing state funds for meals, under a plea bargain which saw her admit to lesser charges.

Sara Netanyahu, 60, was found guilty of exploiting the mistake of another person and ordered to pay a fine and compensation, in a deal approved by Jerusalem magistrates’ court justice Avital Chen.

She was also fined 10,000 shekels ($2,800) and ordered to reimburse the state a further 45,000 shekels, the latter of which she will pay in nine installments, at her request.

Sara, a high-profile presence at her husband’s side throughout his long tenure in office, was initially charged in June 2018 with fraud and breach of trust for buying catered meals despite the presence of a cook at the minister’s official residence.

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