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
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.RELATED:My Word: Perverse Justice
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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