Former Ramat Gan mayor sentenced to 5.5 years in prison
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Former Ramat Gan mayor sentenced to 5.5 years in prison

Zvi Bar convicted of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks and laundering money

Adiv Sterman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Former Ramat Gan mayor Zvi Bar at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on July 14, 2013 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Former Ramat Gan mayor Zvi Bar at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on July 14, 2013 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday sentenced former Ramat Gan mayor Zvi Bar to five and a half years in prison after he was convicted in February of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for promoting a number of real estate projects during his term in office.

Bar, 80, who served as the mayor of Ramat Gan for nearly 25 years, was also convicted of charges of breach of trust and money laundering.

All the offenses took place between 2003 and 2008, when Bar also served as a director on local and provincial planning agencies.

Two years ago, the High Court of Justice ruled that Bar would not be allowed to run for reelection in light of the charges brought against him. “We believe that… [Bar] is not an acceptable candidate for the position,” stated the court’s then president Asher Grunis.

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