MK Paz-Pines: Hirchson indictment 'frightening and shocking'

Following the announcement of the indictment to be served against former finance minister Avraham Hirchson, MK Ophir Paz-Pines (Labor) said that it was "frightening and shocking for a man who served as finance minister as well as in a number of senior roles to be charged with such serious crimes." Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz announced that Hirchson would be indicted on charges including embezzlement, theft, falsifying corporation documents, fraud and money laundering. Paz-Pines said the allegations first and foremost soiled the Kadima Party and the government, but were also a fatal blow to the Knesset. "I therefore call on him to quit the Knesset, despite the fact that he doesn't have a legal obligation to do so, and to fight for his innocence in court not as an MK," he said.