Supreme Court to rule on Benizri jail term

The Supreme Court on Wednesday morning was set to rule on an appeal filed by former minister and Shas MK Shlomo Benizri and decide if, and for how long, he will be sent to prison. Benizri was convicted in the Jerusalem District Court last year of accepting bribes, breach of faith, obstructing justice, and conspiracy to commit a crime. According to the conviction, Benizri, along with mentor Rabbi Reuven Elbaz, used his power and influence as a public servant to provide favors for Moshe Sela, a foreign labor contractor, in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in money and other benefits. He was given a one-and-a-half-year jail term for the crimes which were deemed to have involved moral turpitude.