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Former Tax Authority director Jackie Matza, who is currently on trial in Central
District Court in Petah Tikva, reached a plea bargain with the prosecution, a
Justice Ministry spokesman said on Saturday night.
The spokesman said the
agreement would be presented in Petah Tikva District Court on Sunday, but added
that he did not have any details about it.
Matza is on trial with six
others defendants including Kobi Ben-Gur and Yoram Karshi, the brother of Shula
Zaken, who is standing trial in Jerusalem District Court for her alleged
involvement in the affair.
Matza was charged with accepting a bribe,
eight counts of fraud and breach of faith and one count of assistance in giving
a bribe, according to the indictment.
On December 12, 2005, Matza was
appointed director of the Tax Authority by the government upon the
recommendation of then-finance minister Ehud Olmert.
During the race for
the post, Matza asked for assistance from Kobi Ben-Gur, a friend of the outgoing
director, Eitan Rob, while Karshi arranged a meeting for Matza with Zaken, who
was Olmert’s bureau chief.
Matza was convinced that the three were
responsible for his appointment to the post and, as a result, went along with a
long series of inappropriate appointments that Ben-Gur and Karshi forced on
On January 2, 2007, the police and the state prosecution revealed
that they been carrying out an undercover investigation of a number of Tax
Authority officials and private businessmen. On the same day, it was reported
that Matza was one of the suspects.
He and the other suspects in the case
were indicted on July 9, 2009, and the trial has underway for more than a year.