Elected officials should cut off all communication with Austrian billionaire
businessman Martin Schlaff, a democracy watchdog said on Sunday in a letter to
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein.
The letter, sent by the Movement for
Quality Government, came after Haaretz claimed last week that Schlaff
transferred large funds to former prime minister Ariel Sharon and his sons, and
to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, among other officials.
statement on Sunday, the movement said, “It is not right for elected officials
to maintain any kind of ties with a man suspected of being involved in bribery
The movement called on Weinstein to brief public officials on
the suspicions against Schlaff and explain why ties with the businessman could
In 2009, police recommended that Lieberman be indicted on
bribery charges. Lieberman is suspected of illegally accepting hundreds of
thousands of dollars between 2001 and 2004 from Schlaff and businessman Michael
Chernoy. Lieberman dismissed the suspicions as a politically motivated witch
In April, Schlaff chose not to attend his father Haim’s funeral in
Jerusalem after failing to receive assurances from police that he would not be
arrested if he came to Israel.