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April 27, 2006
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A former lawmaker from Israel’s Likud Party was convicted of impropriety. Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday found Yehiel Hazan guilty of double-voting on a 2003 resolution in the Knesset and then trying to gain access to the ballot board to erase evidence of his wrongdoing. The counts against him — fraud, forgery and breach of trust — carry heavy potential jail sentences. Hazan denied wrongdoing. He is the third former Likud lawmaker to be convicted in criminal court recently, after Omri Sharon and Naomi Blumenthal. Another Knesset colleague, Michael Gorolovsky, awaits indictment on charges related to the Hazan case.

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