Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, appeared in court on Sunday to admit criminal wrongdoing over the misuse of state funds to order catered meals, in a plea bargain carrying no jail time.
Under the agreement, an extortion charge was diminished to a lesser offense and she will pay the state 45,000 shekels ($12,490) in repayment and a 10,000 shekel ($2,775) fine.
As indicated by the first prosecution, Sara Netanyahu, alongside an administration worker, deceitfully got from the state more than $100,000 for several dinners provided by cafés, bypassing guidelines that forbid the training if a cook is utilized at home.
Grinning extensively, Netanyahu confronted a phalanx of cameras in the town hall before the session got in progress.
At the hearing, a judge ratified the plea deal, convicting her of the criminal charge of intentionally exploiting another person’s mishandling of state money for her own benefit, after prosecutors dropped the more serious offense of fraud.
“Do you understand what you admitted to?” the judge asked Netanyahu, 60.
“Yes, I do,” she replied.
Israel’s YNet site distributed a photo of what it said was a note from her husband who was not in the court, that was passed to her during the session. “We will get past this, as well. Be strong!!”, it said.
While the arrangement lifts a lawful cover over Sara Netanyahu, it has no immediate bearing on the head administrator’s very own inconveniences – three defilement cases in which he has denied bad behavior.
In February, Israel’s lawyer general said he expected to document extortion and gift charges against Benjamin Netanyahu, pending a pre-preliminary hearing.
That session is set for early October, two weeks after a Sept. 17 general election that follows a ballot in April in which Netanyahu declared victory but failed to form a government.
In explaining the plea agreement to the court, prosecutors cited Mrs Netanyahu’s clean record, the public humiliation she has suffered as a result of the case and the time that has passed – up to nine years – since the crimes were committed.