Tel Aviv (Jul. 8)
Senior members of the Likud are reported to have assured Samuel Flatto-Sharon, who is appealing to the Surpreme Court against a lower court’s nine-month prison sentence for bribery in the elections four years ago, that Israel will not agree to a French request for his extradition to France to stand charges there for embezzlement. Flatto-Sharon was sentenced in absentia by a Paris court to 10 years in prison.
Flatto-Sharon’s entry into the Knesset four years ago provided him with immunity against the French extradition request. But his parliamentary immunity was lifted by the Knesset earlier this year to allow him to be tried for bribery in the 1977 election campaign. He failed to receive enough votes in last month’s elections to provide him with a seat in the Knesset.