Police finish investigation of Lands Authority head, say evidence found that crimes committed

Case will now be passed to State Attorney's Office.

March 12, 2015 15:43
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Police said Thursday there is enough evidence to pursue breach of trust charges against director of the Israel Lands Authority Bentzi Lieberman and former National Religious Party MK Nahum Langenthal. The case now will be passed on to the State Attorney’s Office, which will decide whether or not to file an indictment.

In January, police detained Lieberman and Langenthal for questioning in connection with the corruption probe, saying at the time that it dealt with conflict of interest issues, mainly around decisions the ILA made regarding Kardan Nadlan, a real-estate company to which Lieberman was linked.

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Lieberman had worked as an outside consultant for Kardan Nadlan before he became head of the ILA in 2011, at which time he signed a declaration vowing that he would not take part in any actions involving the company that could constitute a conflict of interests. Nonetheless, police contend that, while heading the ILA, Lieberman carried out a number of steps to expedite the authority’s handling of issues between the ILA and Kardan Nadlan, steps that Langenthal allegedly helped him execute.

Asst.-Ch. Meni Yitzhaki, the head of the Investigations and Intelligence Branch of the police, accepted an assessment by the head of LAHAV 433 and the police’s anti-fraud unit that there is enough evidence to support claims that breach of trust laws were violated.

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