Israeli lawmaker Oren Hazan to be indicted for assaulting officials

Likud MK Oren Hazan took this selfie with U.S. President Donald Trump at Ben-Gurion Airport, May 22, 2017. (Twitter)

Likud MK Oren Hazan took this selfie with U.S. President Donald Trump at Ben-Gurion Airport, May 22, 2017. (Twitter)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Bad boy Israeli lawmaker Oren Hazan will be indicted for assault for an incident that occurred nearly three years ago, before he entered the Knesset.

The office of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced Monday that he will indict Hazan, a lawmaker for the ruling Likud party, for attacking the mayor and the chair of the City Council of the West Bank city of Ariel over money the city claimed his mother owed for property taxes on the family’s restaurant business.

Hazan has 30 days to request parliamentary immunity. The official indictment could come as early as December.

Hazan has called the October 2014 altercation a small incident that got out of hand where both sides bear some responsibility, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Hazan has been accused of sexually assaulting female employees at a bar he owned in Tel Aviv, doing drugs with and procuring prostitutes for guests at a casino he managed in Bulgaria, and making fun of a fellow Knesset member for being disabled – twice. He was reprimanded in July by the Knesset’s Ethics Committee for insults against female lawmakers. In December 2016, his driver’s licence was suspended for driving 30 miles per hour over the speed limit on a highway.

During U.S. President Donald Trump’s May visit to Israel, Hazan was reprimanded for taking a selfie with Trump in the receiving line during the welcome ceremony at Ben-Gurion International Airport for the president and first lady.

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