The Israeli prime minister’s son has been found guilty of fraud and corruption over a campaign funds scandal. Omri Sharon, a Likud Party lawmaker and key adviser to his father, was accused of breach of trust and perjury – charges which carry a maximum sentence of seven years in jail.
Although no charges were brought against the prime minister over the case, the scandal has embarrassed him at a time when he faces tough political battles ahead of expected early elections.
It is alleged that shell companies were set up to funnel foreign donations to Ariel Sharon’s successful 1999 race for the right-wing party leadership.
Foreign funding of political campaigns is illegal in Israel.
After a three-year investigation, authorities decided in February against indicting the prime minister citing lack of evidence.
Related charges were dropped against two of his former senior advisers.