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Former Shas chairman 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.
so-called “Deri Bill” would forbid any former MK who served a year or more in
prison for crimes involving moral turpitude from returning to the
“Truthfully, I would prefer it if this law was unnecessary,”
“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.
“What is the Knesset broadcasting,
when some of its members were convicted of corruption?” she asked.
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was convicted in 2000 of taking $155,000 in bribes while serving as interior
minister. He was sentenced to three years in prison but was released after 22
Likud, Independence and Habayit Hayehudi ministers are expected
to back the bill.
One possible bump the bill may face before becoming law
is the claim of retroactivity. However, Hotovely’s spokesman said the
legislation does not specify when the elected official was convicted, and if the
law passes, someone like Deri can go to court, where a judge can decide whether
it applies to him.
If the bill is approved by the Ministerial Committee
for Legislation, it will then undergo a preliminary Knesset reading, followed by
three more before becoming law.
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