A leader of the fervently Orthodox Shas Party called on Israel’s new president to pardon former Shas leader Aryeh Deri, who was recently jailed for bribery and corruption. Rabbi Yitzhak Kadouri made the plea in a series of blessings offered when Moshe Katsav visited his home. Katsav’s upset victory over Prime Minister Shimon Peres in the presidential election earlier this week was partly due to support from Shas.
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