Barak's wife asks Weinstein to impose fine for illegal hire

November 14, 2010 16:50

Nili Priel, wife to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, requested in letter addressed to Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein that he reconsider her request that she pay a state-imposed fine for her employment of an illegal migrant worker in the couple's home, Israel Radio reported on Sunday. She also asked the attorney-general to close all criminal proceedings against her and her husband regarding the issue.

Priel asked in her letter that Weinstein treat her case like the vast majority of other Israelis - including major public officials - who were caught knowingly employing illegal migrant workers were handled, that is, by paying a fine. She added, since Barak had no involvement in hiring the illegal worker, there was no purpose to subpoena him to speak with police investigators.

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