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    Former Israeli trade union official, Asher yadlin, was sentenced in Tel aviv, Israel on Tuesday (22 February) to a five year jail term for bribery and tax evasion.

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    Former Israeli trade union official, Asher yadlin, was sentenced in Tel aviv, Israel on Tuesday (22 February) to a five year jail term for bribery and tax evasion.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Yadlin, who's 53, was escorted into the courthouse on the last day of his trial under heavy guard. Earlier he had admitted to accepting bribes and kickbacks on land deals while he headed the powerful Trade Union Federation's sick fund. He said that he accepted the bribes to help fill the depleted offers of Israel's ruling Labour Party. The illegal payments were made prior to the 1973 general election -- but the case has seriously embarrassed the Labour Party and cannot fail to influence voters in parliamentary elections scheduled for May.

    It was in these buildings in Tel Aviv that the scandal first erupted. In addition to the jail sentence Mr. Yadlin was fined 250,000 Israeli pounds (16,400 sterling). In passing sentence District Court judge, Mrs. Hadassah Ben-Itto, said she did not believe Mr. Yadlin's claim that he had paid part of the bribe money to the labour Party in any way lessened his quilt.

    During his trial Mr. Yadlin -- who was once nominated to head the Bank of Israel -- implicated a number of Labour Party leaders, including the late Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir, present Finance Minister, Yehoshua Rabinowitz -- and his cousin Education Minister, Aharon Yadlin. Both Mr. Rabinowitz and Mr. Aharon yadlin have denied the allegations -- but newspaper editor Uri Avneri told reporters that he believes the scandal must affect the Labour Party's reputation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEMM0FEPPEAQ9NYI406XXF471M
    Media URN:
    VLVAEMM0FEPPEAQ9NYI406XXF471M
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/02/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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