HCJ rules Shas member Avidan can't be on CEC

The High Court of Justice accepted a petition by the Movement for Quality Government on Thursday and ruled that Yehuda Avidan could not be a member of the Shas delegation to the Central Elections Committee (CEC) because he was convicted of breach of faith in 2004. Despite the conviction, Shas appointed him to the CEC. Even when Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz issued an opinion to the effect that Avidan should not be a CEC member and even after CEC chairwoman and Supreme Court Justice Dorit Beinish asked the party to replace him, Shas insisted that he remain. The MQG petitioned the High Court to remove Avidan and on Thursday, the court upheld the petition.