Yisrael Sadan, former mayor of Hadera, was convicted in the Haifa district court on Wednesday morning for offering bribes during coalition negotiations in the municipality during regional council elections in October 2003. Sadan was accused of signing deals with council members in which they were promised benefits in exchange for their participation in the coalition. He was convicted on three counts of bribery and two counts of failure to publicize coalition agreements. Sadan was indicted by the state prosecutor's office in February 2005. He, together with two of his deputies, Avraham Beldav and Aryeh Gamliel, and two councilors, Mordechai Engel and Yoel Yehoshua, were suspected of giving and receiving bribes and failing to fulfill the requirements of the local authorities law concerning the publication of municipal agreements. The deputies were convicted as well. The three men's sentences were expected in the near future, after character witnesses provide their testimonies. Sadan has also served as a police officer and Border Police commander.