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Deri looking forward to intellectual stimulus of Katzav and Olmert in prison

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri is “excited about resuming his studies” at the Senior Leadership Course in Ma’asiyahu Prison, near the central Israeli town of Ramle, the minister told The Kibbitzer yesterday.

“Last time I did the course, my teachers included such formidable intellects as former finance minister Avraham Hirschson (theft) and former health minister Shlomo Benizri (bribery and breach of trust,)” Deri said.

“But next time I’ll be studying at the feet of true masters and scholars, including former president Moshe Katzav (rape) and former prime minister Ehud Olmert (bribery and breach of trust,)” Deri said excitedly.

“Coming as I do from a limited yeshiva background, it promises to be an unforgettable intellectual experience.”

The Attorney-General yesterday instructed police to open a criminal investigation into real estate deals conducted by the minister, who served a three-year prison term for taking bribes about a decade ago.

Deri added that he was also looking forward to the possibility of benefiting from the erudite input of Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog, who reportedly is also under investigation.