Police recommend charging Lieberman in leak case

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 24, 2010 18:20

FM suspected of receiving illegal tip-off from former Israeli ambassador in 2008, subverting bribery investigation, breach of trust; attorney unconcerned.




 Foreign Minister and Israel Beiteinu party chairm

avigdor lieberman 311. (photo credit:Ariel Jerozolimski)

Police on Monday afternoon announced that they would recommend Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman be indicted in the alleged police leaks affair.

Lieberman is suspected of having received an illegal tip-off from Israel’s former ambassador to Belarus, Ze’ev Ben-Aryeh in 2008, and allegedly allowing him to subvert the investigation process under way at that time. Police were investigating allegations that Lieberman had accepted bribes and failed to report income to the tax authorities.

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Police said Monday that both Lieberman and Ben-Aryeh should be charged with obstructing a police investigation and breach of trust.

Responding to the police announcement, Lieberman's attorney did not express alarm.  He compared Monday's recommendations to similar police recommendations in the past which were rejected by former Attorney General Menahem Mazuz.

The documents had been sent to Ben-Aryeh by the Foreign Ministry to hand over to the Belarus government, whose help Israel required in tracing money transfers from a local bank.

Lieberman was a member of Knesset at the time.

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