Jerusalem (Jun. 28)
The suspension of independent MK Samuel Flatto-Sharon from the Knesset was annulled by the Supreme Court over the weekend pending its final decision on his bribery conviction. Flatto was suspended on the recommendation of the Knesset’s House Committee last month after he was found guilty by a district court of bribing voters and other campaign irregularities in the 1977 elections. He has appealed the verdict.
The high court’s six to one decision was, in effect, a rebuke to the Knesset for acting before the justices reviewed Flatto’s appeal and rendered a decision. As a result of the ruling, Flatto was given five more days in the ninth Knesset. A new Knesset will be elected on Tuesday. Flatto is standing for re-election.