Asher Yadlin dies at 93

Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - Greer Fay Cash­man

Asher Yadlin, a for­mer politi­cian in the La­bor Party, died at age 93 on Fri­day. Yadlin had been des­ig­nated in 1976 to serve as the governor of the Bank of Is­rael when it was re­vealed that he was heav­ily en­gaged in il­le­gal fi­nan­cial prac­tices. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Yadlin and other se­nior of­fi­cials was trig­gered by the now de­funct weekly mag­a­zine Ha’Olam Hazeh. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed that Yadlin, as CEO of Hevrat Ovdim, the um­brella of the His­tadrut la­bor fed­er­a­tion’s eco­nomic en­ter­prises, and head of the His­tadrut Health Fund (Ku­pat Holim), had ac­cepted bribes as well as se­cret com­mis­sions for trans­ac­tions re­lated to Ku­pat Holim. He was sen­tenced to five years in prison for bribery, fraud and tax eva­sion plus a fine of 250,000 lira. He was re­leased af­ter three-and-a-half years and spent the next 20 years liv­ing in the US. There will be no fu­neral since he willed his body to sci­ence. •

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