Commission demands former PMO head return money, car

June 17, 2012 16:17

The Civil Service Commission on Sunday demanded Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's former chief of staff Natan Eshel return various funds and objects he received or held onto after he resigned from government service and signed a plea bargain agreement with the state, Israel Radio reported.

The Commission made it clear that the funds and privileges he received were not within the purview of his plea bargain, according to the report.

In earlier reports on the issue, Netanyahu has defended Eshel, saying he simply received a form of severance for his years of important and devoted service.

Eshel has been using a government car and telephone since his resignation. He resigned and signed a plea bargain agreement with the state when allegations arose that he had sexually harassed an employee in the Prime Minister's Office.

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