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The Supreme Court yesterday rejected the appeal filed by former Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson against his theft conviction, refusing too to reduce his 65-month sentence.

Justices Eliezer Rivlin, Edna Arbel and Uzi Fogelman rejected Hirchson's claim that the NIS 1.7 million he had received in cash-filled envelopes as head of the National Workers Union were "a type of salary" for his work at the union, and therefore the funds were not stolen.

They said this version of events contravened logic and common sense.

The justices also said that Hirchson's sentence barely reflected the seriousness of his actions.

"Regularly receiving monies in cash-filled envelopes, without these monies being recorded openly in the company's reports, is a clear indication of the impropriety of the payments," Rivlin wrote in the court's ruling.