'Deri Bill' likely to be approved by ministerial panel

May 10, 2012 16:33


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Former Shas leader Arye Deri will not be able to run for the next Knesset, according to a bill proposed by MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) that is expected to be authorized by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday.

The so-called "Deri Bill" would forbid any former MK who served a year or more in prison for crimes with moral turpitude may not return to the Knesset.

"Truthfully, I would prefer it if this law was unnecessary," Hotovely explained. "There is no reason for the public to put its trust in a person that tricked them in the past."

The Likud MK said former elected officials that were caught doing crimes "should not have the audacity to seek power once again."

Hotovely insisted that the bill is not personal, and that anyone who thinks the public's trust in government is important must stop corrupt people from entering it.

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