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(photo credit: Avi Yair Engel)
Former ambassador to
Belarus Ze'ev Ben-Aryeh refused to answer a question during an Army
Radio interview Tuesday morning, with regard to whether or not Foreign
Minister Avigdor Lieberman had read the investigation documents that the
diplomat has been accused of photocopying.
Ben-Aryeh also sought
to deny that he was appointed as ambassador to Belarus because he was a
close confident of the foreign minister, saying "there is an effort to
create the false impression that I was close friend of Lieberman which
is far from the truth."
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"Lieberman established the
Israeli embassy in Belarus as a service to Israel," said Ben-Aryeh.
Police on Monday said they have
sufficient evidence to recommend that
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein indict Lieberman for breach of trust
in connection with suspicions that he was passed classified information
by Ben-Aryeh about an ongoing fraud and embezzlement investigation.
Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The
Jerusalem Post Monday that “with the conclusion of the
investigation into the allegations [against Lieberman, the] Israel
Police have sent our recommendation to the attorney-general to pursue a
breach of trust indictment against Lieberman and an indictment for
obstruction of justice and breach of trust against former Israeli
ambassador to Belarus Ze’ev Ben-Aryeh.”
In the coming days,
police are expected to pass the details of the investigation to the
economic crimes department of the attorney-general’s office.
Hartman contributed to this report.