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Omri Sharon Gets Nine Months for Israeli Election Fund Scandal

An Israeli court has sentenced Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's son, Omri Sharon, to nine months in prison for illegally raising funds for his father's election campaign six years ago.

The court handed down the prison term Tuesday, three months after he pleaded guilty to falsifying documents, perjury and violating party funding law.

The case embarrassed Prime Minister Sharon, but he was not charged with any wrongdoing.

Allegations that companies were set up to channel foreign funds for Mr. Sharon's successful 1999 bid for the Likud Party leadership helped fuel political opposition to the prime minister.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.