Thirty days following Attorney General Meni Mazuz' announcement to bring charges against MK (member of Knesset [parliament]) Omri Sharon, the long-awaited indictment was handed down in Tel Aviv District Court yesterday. The month-long grace period allows MKs to seek parliamentary immunity, which Sharon opted to waive. The 25-page indictment charges him and two others with fraudulent and illegal disbursement of 6 million shekel during his father's 1999 election campaign. Accusations of corruption against the Sharon family have been brewing for years, but this is the first indictment that's been filed. Professor Asher Maoz, chairman of Tel Aviv University's Faculty of Law said, "Omri is clearly laying it on the line for his father. Part of [what the trial reveals] could be damning to the Prime Minister."
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