The Tel Aviv District Court on Monday sentenced former district court judge Dan
Cohen to six years in prison for his conviction on charges of bribery, fraud,
breach of trust and obstruction of justice.
The conviction came as part
of a plea bargain agreement announced on July 9.
Under the plea
agreement, endorsed by the court, other punishments for Cohen included the
seizure of NIS 4 million and he will have to pay an additional fine of NIS
The court ordered that funds that Cohen succeeded in preserving in
Panama will also be used to satisfy the judgment.
Cohen was extradited
from Peru in March. He was able to avoid extradition for more than seven
The former judge fled Israel in 2005 in the midst of an
investigation into allegations that he illegally used his influence with the
Israel Electric Corporation – where he served as a member of the directorate
from 1991- 2001, and as chairman starting in 1993 – to aid several
He allegedly received millions of dollars worth of bribes
from corporations Siemens and Rogozin in exchange for preferential treatment
from the Israel Electric Corporation.
Cohen was a judge from 1978 to
1981, when he was dismissed from the judiciary for ethical
Israel began to ask for his extradition as early as 2009, and
undertook significant activities toward that goal, including providing Peru with
a copy of the indictment and other legal materials and proofs.
which does not have an extradition agreement with Israel, had continuously
denied requests to extradite the former judge.
Israel litigated in a
number of Peruvian courts before reaching its Supreme Court, which ordered that
Cohen be extradited.
Even then, Peru’s government blocked the court’s
extradition order until, according to media reports, a crime wave put pressure
on Peru’s government to show that it is tough on crime, especially on foreign
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