PM asks court to clear MK Hanegbi of moral turpitude

Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Tuesday received a letter from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu adding his voice to those pleading before the court not to find Kadima MK Tzahi Hanegbi guilty of moral turpitude in evidence, and, therefore, banned by Israeli law from holding public office for the next seven years.
The prime minister's letter read, "in response to the verdict issued by the court and without attempting to interfere with the proceeding of the court, I request to present to your honors my opinion that the state would benefit if MK Hanegbi was allowed to fulfill public duties."
Hanegbi was convicted two months ago by the Jerusalem court on the charge of providing false testimony.