Parole board grants ex-Shas minister early release

Ex-Shas minister Shlomo Benizri, who is the current cellmate of jailed former president Moshe Katsav, will be allowed to go free after serving two-thirds of his sentence, a Prisons Service parole board decided on Monday.
The decision was based on Benizir's good conduct and support he offered to other prisoners at the religious wing of the Ma'asiyahu jail in Ramle.
In April 2008, the Jerusalem District Court convicted Benizri of accepting bribes, breach of trust, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to commit a crime, and sentenced him to 18 months in prison.
The court found former Shas MK guilty of accepting bribes from a contractor in exchange for information during his time as minister of Labor and Welfare.
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