• Short Summary

    THE ISRAELI KNESSET TODAY VOTED TO LIFT THE PARLIAMENTARY IMMUNITY OF RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS MINISTER AHAHON ABUHATZEIRA WHO HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF CORRUPTION IN OFFICE BUT WHOSE PARLIAMENTARY STATUS HAS SO FARPREVENTED POLICE FROM PROSECUTING. THE VOTE WAS 61-33 IN FAVOR OF LIFTING HIS IMMUNITY BUT IT WAS A SECRET BALLOT THUS KNESSET MEMBERS WHO ARGUED AGAINST HIS IMMUNITY BEING LIFTED ARE UNKNOWN. ABUHATZEIRA IS A SEPHARDIC JEW AND THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM HAVE STIRRED COUNTER CHARGES OF RACISM. HE HAS DENIED ANY WRONGDOING AND POLICE HAVE COME UNDER SOME CRITICISM AS A RESULT OF A LEAK SUGGESTING THEY HAD SIX STATES WITNESSES WHEN IT TURNED OUT THAT THEIR ENTIRE CASE RESTS ON THE TESTIMONY OF ONLY ONE, THE MAYOR OF THE ULTRA ORTHODOX RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY OF BENEI BRAK, A SUBURB OF TEL AVIV. NOW THAT THE PROSECUTION CAN PROCEED, IT IS EXPECTED THE CASE WILL GO TO THE ISRAEL DISTRICT COURT WITHIN WEEKS. ABUHATZEIRA HIMSELF, A RELIGIOUS JEW, DID NOT ATTEND THE KNESSET SESSION. THE CASE AGAINST HIM HAS WEAKENED THE NATL RELIGIOUS PARTY, A PARTNER IN THE BEGIN COALITION, AND COULD LEAD TO HIS REMOVAL FROM CABINET OFFICE AND THUS A FURTHER DISINTEGRATION OF THE BEGIN GOVT.

  • Description

    (FIRST SLONES NO SOUND AS SYSTEM OFF), NATL REL PARTY GROUP TALKING BEFORE SESSION, SPEAKER INTROS DEBATE, COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN WHO STUDIED IN UNITY ISSUE SPEAKS AND ADVOCATES LIFTING IT, GVS SLT; EDUC MAN (NRP), ZEVULUN HAMMER, RELIGIOUS PARTY AGUDAT ISRAEL (BEARDS) SITS, NRP DELEGATES, BEGIN, HURVITZ TAKES KNESSET SEAT FIRST TIME SINCE RESIGNATION AS FINANCE MINISTER, YEHUDA BEN MEIR (NRP LEADER) CONFERS WITH BEGIN, URI AVNERI SPKS FOR LIFTING IMMUNITY, MK SPEAKS.



    BALLOTING BY SECRET BALLOT, BEGIN VOTES, BURG VOTES, HAMMER DISTRESSED WITH HEAD DOWN WAITS THEN VOTES, NAMES READ OFF, BALLOTS COUNTED, RESULT ANNOUNCED.





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    Background: THE ISRAELI KNESSET TODAY VOTED TO LIFT THE PARLIAMENTARY IMMUNITY OF RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS MINISTER AHAHON ABUHATZEIRA WHO HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF CORRUPTION IN OFFICE BUT WHOSE PARLIAMENTARY STATUS HAS SO FARPREVENTED POLICE FROM PROSECUTING. THE VOTE WAS 61-33 IN FAVOR OF LIFTING HIS IMMUNITY BUT IT WAS A SECRET BALLOT THUS KNESSET MEMBERS WHO ARGUED AGAINST HIS IMMUNITY BEING LIFTED ARE UNKNOWN. ABUHATZEIRA IS A SEPHARDIC JEW AND THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM HAVE STIRRED COUNTER CHARGES OF RACISM. HE HAS DENIED ANY WRONGDOING AND POLICE HAVE COME UNDER SOME CRITICISM AS A RESULT OF A LEAK SUGGESTING THEY HAD SIX STATES WITNESSES WHEN IT TURNED OUT THAT THEIR ENTIRE CASE RESTS ON THE TESTIMONY OF ONLY ONE, THE MAYOR OF THE ULTRA ORTHODOX RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY OF BENEI BRAK, A SUBURB OF TEL AVIV. NOW THAT THE PROSECUTION CAN PROCEED, IT IS EXPECTED THE CASE WILL GO TO THE ISRAEL DISTRICT COURT WITHIN WEEKS. ABUHATZEIRA HIMSELF, A RELIGIOUS JEW, DID NOT ATTEND THE KNESSET SESSION. THE CASE AGAINST HIM HAS WEAKENED THE NATL RELIGIOUS PARTY, A PARTNER IN THE BEGIN COALITION, AND COULD LEAD TO HIS REMOVAL FROM CABINET OFFICE AND THUS A FURTHER DISINTEGRATION OF THE BEGIN GOVT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADDFY002X3XIR21UIGU6EFWOK5
    Media URN:
    VLVADDFY002X3XIR21UIGU6EFWOK5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/01/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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