Supreme Court rejects Benizri's request to reconsider his sentence

The Supreme Court on Sunday rejected former cabinet minister Shlomo Benizri's request to reconsider his sentencing to four years in prison on charges of accepting a bribe, fraud, breach of trust and obstruction of justice. Benizri's lawyers requested further discussion of the matter, claiming that the court had set a new bar of harsh punishment for offenses related to government corruption. The four-year sentence, they asserted, was a deviation from standard and appropriate punishment policy for the purpose of creating a deterrence. Justice Eliezer Rivlin rejected the claims, writing in his decision that while Benizri's punishment was indeed made much more severe, it was clear that the court had been aware of the various considerations when making its decision.