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Israel's first lady admits, convicted for misuse of public funds

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara has admitted to the misuse of state funds and was ordered by a court to pay $15,000.

Netanyahu avoided a prison sentence after accepting a plea agreement. She had been accused of using some $100,000 in state funds on catering services at the prime minister's residence, bypassing regulations that prohibit the practice if a cook is employed at the prime minister's home.

Defense lawyers had argued the case had nothing to do with her and that it was simply an attempt to bring down her husband.

Under a plea deal, Netanyahu will pay the state $12,490 and pay a fine of $2,777. This is not the first time Sara Netanyahu's conduct has come before a court.

In 2016, a court awarded $47,000 in damages to a former housekeeper who accused her of verbal abuse and mistreatment.

Separately, the prime minister is also facing legal challenges. In February, the Israeli attorney general said he plans to indict Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in connection with three cases, pending a final hearing.

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+2 #1 Lakwena 2019-06-17 07:57
In other words, what is it with political power and abuse public money?

E.g., from Gavi to Global Funds Scandal, I can only imagine what level of abuse is Uganda's First Lady abusing, not only her office but public fund.

In 2007 revelations from Luzira prison, by non other than Mike Mukula crying foul; how millions of Gavi fund, disappeared between the Ministry of Health and State House was morally numbing.

At the least the Israelis are lucky, because the system catches, names and shames everybody, including the president and/or Prime Minister
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+4 #2 Kelly 2019-06-17 09:05
Hmmmmm. Sounds so alien and music to the ears of majority Ugandans. The first lady to be convicted of USD $15,000 wrongly used (not actually misused!!).

I know of a first lady in a tiny, impoverished African country who doubles as a minister, patron of some fake outfit for widows and orphans (to con donors of money) and never known for any tangible charity activity, whose domestic expenditure budget is different from ministerial expenses yet she uses the same driver, same body guards, same office space, same salon, same make up stylist...etc.

At one time this first lady made 22 trips in a month to Israel. Oh Israel, Oh Jerusalem! If only you knew what will befall you...!
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0 #3 kabayekka 2019-06-17 13:22
Indeed it is all window dressing for the world to sympathise with this state which after so much suffering under the atrocities of a mud Germany 1930/45, it is doctoring just a few political sins.

The greed for money for this lady cannot compare to the greed for land of the State of Israel. This is a nation that wants to build an Empire bordering Iran, Saudi Arabia, USA, and Uganda.

Such an appetite for securing lands or real territories was only observed and experienced in Hitler's brutal rule in Europe. And only a small population was entitled to such magnificent wealthy that never lasted very long!
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0 #4 kabayekka 2019-06-17 13:29
Israel right now should be in the high tech news for its efforts in trying to work out the environmental improvements that can be discovered in the Mediterranean deserts of the Sahara and the Arabian deserts.

Modern populations on this planet do not want wars. They have all their hopes in the power of technology to improve their God given lives.
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0 #5 Kelly 2019-06-17 15:45
Quoting Lakwena:
In other words, what is it with political power and abuse public money?

E.g., from Gavi to Global Funds Scandal, I can only imagine what level of abuse is Uganda's First Lady abusing, not only her office but public fund.

In 2007 revelations from Luzira prison, by non other than Mike Mukula crying foul; how millions of Gavi fund, disappeared between the Ministry of Health and State House was morally numbing.

At the least the Israelis are lucky, because the system catches, names and shames everybody, including the president and/or Prime Minister


And a one Ms Kaboyo, niece to the then Ruhama MP who openly confessed to having carried the physical cash in a kaveera to Plot 1, Nakasero was "pardoned" on instruction of her aunt and let off the hook for "Cooperating" with the courts! My foot.
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0 #6 rubangakene 2019-06-17 22:25
This horrible vice has permeated all nations, seeping through borders swimmingly undeterred by climate change.

Oh dear, if this thing can happen in God's own country, what is the level of unreported corruption in our own god-forsaken Corruptistan, eh?
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+1 #7 kirya 2019-06-18 02:43
What about the wife of our cartoon president? When is she going to face charges?
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0 #8 Mubiru 2019-06-18 15:16
.I understand Israel is very much involved in helping Uganda progress as was exemplified by a huge delegation from that country.

I support their "efforts" but I curse these so called "developers" for being hypocritically selective in offering their so called aid programs.

To me the most vital, effective and helpful aid the Israel can give Uganda is to dismantle the judicial system and replace most if not all judges, magistrates, prosecutors and etc with their own (Israel) people for at least two years while the unemployed qualified lawyers including those in the kyeyo industries cleaning latrines overseas understudy them.

Israel's prosecution of the their First Lady proves that in their country unlike Uganda they pretend to help, no body is untouchable.

Unless you do this, the suffering Ugandans are bound to conclude that you Israels are in Uganda not to help us but to enrich yourselves and that is dangerous hypocrisy others call DOUBLE STANDARDS. They will never for give you.
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