Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein decided on Tuesday to delay until mid-January
a hearing that could decide the fate of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's
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Weinstein decided eight months ago to indict Lieberman,
pending a hearing, on charges of fraud, breach of trust, obtaining something
through deceit, money-laundering and witness harassment.
According to the
draft indictment, Lieberman is suspected of receiving millions of dollars from
private business people, through straw companies, between the years 2001 and
2008, while he was a member of Knesset and a cabinet minister.
hearing had been set to begin Thursday, but Weinstein agreed to postpone it at
the request of Lieberman's lawyers in order to give them more time to examine
thousands of documents of evidence and properly prepare for the
Weinstein is expected to make a final decision about whether to
indict Lieberman within two or three months after the hearing, which will take
at least two days.
Lieberman would be under no obligation to resign from
the cabinet or from the leadership of Israel Beiteinu if he is indicted but he
has said on multiple occasions that he would leave those posts in order to
concentrate on his trial. He legally would have to quit the
Sources close to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have hinted
that a Lieberman indictment could persuade him to take steps to advance a
general election. Without Lieberman, there would be less competition for
Netanyahu's Likud Party for right-of-center voters who are the prime minister's
Israel Beiteinu officials responded that they were not
concerned about the impact of the hearing on the party, no matter when it takes