AG asked to probe soccer announcer

Pass to Knesset rescinded.

December 30, 2015 19:47
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Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein

Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Zionist Union faction head Merav Michaeli called upon Attorney- General Yehuda Weinstein Wednesday to open an investigation into alleged wrongdoing by Danny Neuman, a soccer announcer who is wellknown in Israel.

The clean government organization Ometz called for a police probe after Channel 2 reported Tuesday and Wednesday that Neuman used his connections in the Likud to try to help potential clients in return for large sums of money. The channel showed a video of Neuman promising to connect clients to top officials in the Transportation Ministry, which is led by Israel Katz, who is friends with the sportscaster.

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The Knesset suspended Neuman’s permanent pass to the parliament, pending the investigation. The pass was given to him some eight years ago, during President Reuven Rivlin’s term as Knesset speaker.

Neuman’s employer, the Israel Broadcasting Authority, said it would look into whether Neuman violated any of its rules. Katz told the Knesset that he had asked his ministry’s legal adviser to check whether any laws were violated.

“I have not met with Neuman in my seven years in my job,” Katz told the Knesset. “I am careful that my behavior is proper. My hands are clean and I am against such things.”

Katz made the statement during a debate on whether ministers should be allowed to use their government-issued cars on Shabbat. Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg, who initiated a vote on the matter, mocked Katz.

“What do we need to get public transport on Shabbat, Danny Neuman?” Zandberg asked.

Neuman denied the wrongdoing alleged by the report in an interview Wednesday morning with Army Radio.

“ I don’t see any wrong behavior,” Neuman said. “I didn’t break the law. Everything was done within acceptable norms.”

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