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Court sentences Arab ex-MK after plea deal upheld

The Beersheba Magistrate’s Court accepts the plea bargain reached between state prosecutors and a former Arab lawmaker accused of exploiting his position to smuggle cellphones and notes to convicted Palestinian terrorists.

The court sentences MK Basel Ghattas, of the Joint (Arab) List’s Balad faction, to two years in jail, 18 months probation, and a NIS 120,000 ($33,000) fine.

As part of the deal, Ghattas last month admitted to the court to smuggling phones into prison, smuggling documents, and breach of trust.

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