Israel’s government has fired its former chief administrative officer after he was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Tiras Amro, the minister in charge of public works, was found to have abused his power and violated the ministerial code of conduct during his tenure at the Ministry of Public Works.
The charge was brought after he gave a speech to the public that criticized the PLO leadership and suggested that the party’s founding charter could be changed to allow a Palestinian state.
Amro is also accused of making illegal political donations and accepting a bribe from the PLOP-affiliated Palestinian Authority (PA) in 2013.
Amrod was appointed by then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2013 and served as the public works minister from March 2015 until March 2017.
In a statement posted on Facebook on Sunday, Amro’s office said he was fired on Sunday following a court order.
“I was terminated without cause,” Amro said in a statement, adding that he is currently considering legal action.
Amror’s dismissal follows the resignation of former PA director-general Mohammad Abu Khdeir last week, who was also convicted of corruption.
Abu Khdeur was fired in February, shortly after the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the PA was an illegal entity and that his resignation was valid.
Israeli news site Maariv said Monday that the new charges against Amro were the result of an investigation launched after his resignation.