The Haifa District Court, sitting as the Criminal Appeals Court, has sentenced a man to three months' community service for broadcasting on a pirate radio station, the State Attorney's Office announced on Sunday.
Yehuda Sorogon had been originally convicted in the Hadera Magistrates' Court of making illegal broadcasts on Briza, a Haifa area pirate radio station broadcasting on the FM wave, between 2005 and 2008.However, the State Attorney's Office had appealed to the higher court against the original sentence of probation imposed on the defendant.
In their judgment, the panel of three judges led by Judge Shmuel Berliner said that pirate radio stations interfere with legal radio transmissions from civil and military aviation, and added that pirate broadcasters as well as those responsible for managing pirate stations must be punished.
This is not the first time that the state has appealed lower court rulings against pirate radio broadcasters.
In March 2010, the State Attorney's Office successfully appealed against a sentence imposed on Rothschild Masalvai, the former director of the Briza pirate radio station.
Following that appeal, Masalvai was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a fine of NIS 70,000, one of the heaviest penalties imposed to date on pirate radio broadcasters.