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No Suspension for Abu Hatzeira

The Knesset House Committee decided today not to suspend Aharon Abu Hatzeira from the Knesset for the duration of his three-month prison sentence. Instead, the committee accepted his commitment not to attend Knesset meetings during his period of incarceration.

Abu Hatzeira, leader of the Tami Party, who served as Minister for Social Welfare in the government of Premier Menachem Begin, was convicted of misusing funds raised by a charitable organization. He is serving his sentence as a day worker at the Beit Dagan prison and returns to his home each night.