Omri Sharon, the prime minister's son and Knesset member, pled guilty today to charges of keeping false corporate records, providing false testimony and violating political fundraising laws. He was convicted on most counts. The indictment followed three years of government prosecutors building a case against the Sharon family, Omri Sharon in particular. Sharon was the first Knesset member tried for violating the Parties Law. No plea bargain was reached and the State stood firm on their demand that Sharon be sent to jail. The prosecution agreed to drop one charge, but the most serious of the charges: Registration of false documents in a company. The corruption charges date from Sharon's successful bid for the Likud Party chairmanship in 1999. The original charge sheet accused Sharon and two other accomplices of using fictitious companies to disburse 6 million shekels for his father's campaign and slipping it past the Likud Party comptroller through direct payments to suppliers and consultants.
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