Israeli deputy speaker accused of ‘pimping’ and ‘using hard drugs’

A picture dated on March 18, 2015 shows Israel's deputy parliament speaker, lawmaker Oren Hazan, celebrating the exit polls for Israel's parliamentary elections, at the Likud headquarters in Tel Aviv. (AFP)

Oren Hazan, the deputy speaker of the Israeli Parliament, is under fire for allegations regarding prostitution arrangements and hard-drug abuse while managing a casino in Bulgaria, The Independent reportedon Wednesday.

The deputy speaker is fighting to survive allegations that he arranged for prostitutes to visit gamblers and used hard drugs while managing a casino in Bulgaria.

Hazan was supposed to chair a Knesset session today, yet found himself stripped from attending “until further notice.”

A Bulgarian driver told Israel's Channel Two that Hazan would “call me and say ‘bring some girls, choose some girls, beautiful girls, tall and with large chests and bring them to me for my friends.’”

The 33-year-old legislator from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party has since denied all allegations, stating in a radio interview that “there were no drugs and no pimping.

“We are not innocent – Burgas is a resort city and there is no doubt there are women going around in the streets and in the casino, but any connection between me and them never existed."

Aida Suleiman, chairwoman of the Knesset committee on the status of women, was quoted as saying: “There are moral standards to stand up for. If this is true, he should pay the full price publicly and legally.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47