Israeli Exjudge, Convicted of Bribery, Given Parole

Dan Cohen, who was sentenced to six years in prison for taking bribes from Siemens, was released because of illness.

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Former judge Dan Cohen in Tel Aviv District Court.
Former judge Dan Cohen in Tel Aviv District Court.Credit: Daniel Bar-On

Former Judge Dan Cohen was granted parole on Thursday, in large part due to his medical condition.

Cohen, 74, was convicted in 2013 of bribery, fraud, breach of trust and obstructing justice and sentenced to six years in prison. The offenses in question took place when he had already left the judiciary and was serving on the board of directors of the Israel Electric Corporation. In that capacity, he took bribes from the Germany company Siemens in exchange for persuading the board that the IEC should purchase Siemens equipment.

When he realized police were planning to question him over this affair, Cohen fled to Peru. He spent several years there until he was finally extradited to Israel.

While in prison, Cohen was granted an unusually long 60-day furlough to obtain medical treatment for cancer.

In August, the parole board deferred discussion of his parole application for technical reasons. On Thursday, however, it decided to grant him parole.

The terms of his parole require him to report to the police every two weeks, in the first and third week of every month. In addition, he is barred from leaving the country.

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