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Olmert becomes first premier to face trial

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 30, 2009

Ehud Olmert


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He is suspected of committing the crimes while serving as mayor of Jerusalem and afterwards when a cabinet minister, before he became prime minister in 2006.

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In the first case, Mr Olmert is accused of accepting envelopes stuffed with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from an American businessman. He admits taking money, but insists that the donations were legal contributions to his campaigns for re-election as mayor of Jerusalem and for the leadership of Likud, his former party

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Olmert’s spokesman, Amir Dan, issued a statement after the indictment was filed declaring that “after they forced a prime minister to step down in the middle of his term, it is obvious that the attorney-general and the state attorney do not have, and never had, any choice but to file an indictment against Olmert. The court, on the other hand, is free of extraneous considerations. Olmert is convinced that in court, he can and will prove his innocence once and for all.

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Recent criminal investigations against Israeli politicians have landed several in jail and increased public calls for government reform. Avraham Hirshson, a former Finance Minister, is about to begin a five-year prison sentence for embezzling $1 million, while Shlomo Benizri, a former Health Minister, is serving a four-year sentence for bribery, fraud and obstruction of justice. Several others are still being investigated

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Police: Lieberman probe likely to result in corruption charges

Posted in Internal Israeli Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

The corruption investigation into Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is likely to produce charges of money laundering, fraud and breach of trust, police sources said Saturday, adding that questioning of the Yisrael Beiteinu leader was nearing an end.

Unless additional testimony is needed, the police will submit their recommendations on filing an indictment in the coming weeks, the sources said.

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India Defense Minister: No corruption in Israel arms deal

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 4, 2009

India’s Defense Minister on Friday rejected reports that a $1.4 billion missile deal with Israel had been reached through bribery, branding the agreement as “clean.”

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Police grill Lieberman for second time in three days

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 3, 2009

About 1,000 of these documents were confiscated from Lieberman’s attorney’s office. Some 2,500 additional ones were gathered by the investigation team in Cyprus. These detail the activities of various companies that constituted part of Lieberman and his colleagues’ laundering network. They include bank documents listing money transfers and several accounts allegedly opened by Lieberman’s associates.

The detectives believe they have evidence tying Lieberman to the money transfers made to the Cyprus accounts.

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Israeli FM questioned over graft

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 2, 2009


Lieberman was sworn in as foreign minister on Tuesday

“Avigdor Lieberman was questioned under caution by police today for seven-and-a-half hours on suspicion of carrying out the following: bribery, money laundering and breach of trust,” Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, said.

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