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Israeli lawmaker Hazan to i24news: My only regret is I didn't have more fun

In exclusive i24news interview, Hazan discusses court's decision to drop libel claims over drug use, pimping

Israeli lawmaker Oren Hazan (Likud) told i24news in an exclusive interview Tuesday that even though he has been accused of pimping and drug dealing while he lived in Bulgaria, his only regret is that he did not have more fun during that time.

Hazan was responding to a decision by Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court earlier in the day that ruled mostly in favor of Israeli Channel 2 News after the Likud lawmaker sued the channel for libel following a report that claimed Hazan supplied guests with prostitutes and used hard drugs while he managed a casino in Burgas, Bulgaria.

The court found that since these were not considered against the law in Bulgaria, such claims were legitimate and fell under “responsible journalism.”

Hazan, however, claimed during the interview with i24news that he had been victorious in the case and that the truth had finally come out.

Haza stressed a number of times that the court said that no pimping or drug dealing took place.

The lawmaker insisted that he had never broken the law and that he was only doing what any other young person abroad would do.

When asked whether he had any regrets about his time in Bulgaria, he said "the only regret is that I didn't have more fun."

Despite this scandal, and various other ones he has been involved in, Hazan vowed that he has no plans to resign. "I will continue to serve the people of Israel, he said during the interview.


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