NGO works to disqualify Arye Deri from minister position due to bribery conviction

In its second petition to the High Court of Justice to disqualify Shas party leader Arye Deri from his post as Economy Minister because of his past bribery conviction, an NGO on Tuesday asked in exasperation how it could be that sexual criminals cannot return as ministers, but those taking bribes can.

Eliad Shraga, lawyer for the Movement for the Quality of Government in Israel told the High Court, “I have no doubt that no one would consider” letting someone who committed a sexual crime return as a minister “even after 50 years.” But allowing Deri to be a minister sends the message that someone who merely “took bribes – no problem you’re in the gang,” said Shraga.


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