Ex-Ichilov emergency room chief convicted of accepting Abutbul bribes

The former director of Ichilov Hospital's emergency room was convicted Sunday morning of accepting bribes from alleged crime boss Assi Abutbul. According to the conviction handed down in the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court, on at least three occasions, Dr. Jacky Sarov took sums ranging from NIS 800 to NIS 1,000 to arrange medical visits for Abutbul without appointment while the latter was under house arrest. The court rejected Sarov's claim that he had been frightened of Abutbul and that the alleged crime boss had unilaterally and surprisingly pushed money into the doctor's pockets.