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Deri admits to tax offenses as part of plea deal, will resign from Knesset

Shas party leader Aryeh Deri leads a faction meeting at the Knesset on July 26, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Shas party leader Aryeh Deri leads a faction meeting at the Knesset on July 26, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s office formally announces that Shas party chief Aryeh Deri will be indicted as part of a plea deal, admitting to a pair of tax offenses in exchange for resigning from the Knesset and paying a NIS 180,000 fine.

A statement from Mandelblit’s office confirms he will not seek moral turpitude charges against Deri, allowing the leader of the ultra-Orthodox party to eventually return to the Knesset. Deri, a former interior minister, previously served time for a bribery conviction before returning to the Knesset in 2013.

“Concerning the tax disputes, I decided to take responsibility for mistakes that were made without any malevolent intent, to put the affair behind me and avoid an entire trial on the matter,” Deri says in a statement.

He also vows to stay on as leader of Shas.

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