(photo credit: Courtesy Tiberias Municipality)
The Nazareth Magistrate’s Court on Thursday found, as part of a plea bargain, that Tiberias Mayor Zohar Oved broke election fund-raising laws.
Oved was also accused of the more serious charge of forging documents for reporting on his fund-raising. The agreement provided that the prosecution would drop the more serious charges if Oved admitted to violating fund-raising laws.
Despite the plea bargain, the sides are at odds over the issue of conviction.
A court can find that individuals such as Oved committed a minor crime, but can refrain from convicting them and instead sentencing them only to community service.
Oved said that, since he was the source of the election fund-raising that went beyond the legal limits and he did not solicit illegal funds from others, he should be treated leniently and should not be convicted.
The prosecution maintains that he should be convicted of the fund-raising violations.
The proceedings on conviction and sentencing are set to continue on April 23 and May 11.