Comptroller investigating adviser to Finance Minister Lapid

September 9, 2013 21:20

State Comptroller Joseph Shapira is investigating Finance Minister Yair Lapid's inclusion of Brig. Gen. (res.) Hillel Koberniski in key Finance Ministry meetings and decisions in recent months, Channel 2 reported late Monday night.

Koberniski has already been called Lapid's closest adviser and participated in major ministerial meetings, despite not being a Finance Ministry employee, said the report.

Lapid's spokesman said that, "the appointment of Koberniski was approved according to law."

The report quoted the spokesman continuing and stating, "he is a member of an advisory committee to the finance minister, and his appointment was approved, by the attorney-general, among others."

Shapira's spokesman said, "the matter has been transferred for a preliminary investigation to the head of the relevant division" in the Comptroller's office, the report said.

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