(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Ofir Ben-Eliezer may not attend his father’s funeral due to an arrest warrant issued by the special investigations unit Lahav 433 in connection with former defense minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer’s corruption investigation.
Ofir Ben-Eliezer’s lawyer, Eitan Moaz, told Army Radio late on Sunday that there was no agreement with the police giving Ben-Eliezer immunity to attend the funeral. According to Moaz, “The problem was with the entrance, not the exit.”
Multiple media reports claimed on Sunday that Maoz had reached an agreement with the police, giving Ben-Eliezer the ability to attend his father’s funeral without facing immediate arrest. According to the reports, Ben-Eliezer was undecided about attending the funeral. A police source declined to confirm or deny the report.
Ben-Eliezer’s warrant was issued because he did not appear before the police for questioning. Ben-Eliezer, who lives in the United States, has already been questioned by the FBI in connection with bribery and money laundering charges against his father.
If an agreement is reached, however, it is unclear whether Ben-Eliezer would be taken in for questioning after the funeral, after the seven day period of mourning, or not at all.