Police arrested on Wednesday Beit Shemesh Municiaplity Director and
former Interior Ministry official Moti Huta on suspicion of bribery
offenses in the Holyland corruption investigation.
Huta served as chairman of the Interior Ministry's
Planning and Construction Committee, Jerusalem District, between 1999
and 2006. The committee had approved an enlarged Holyland real estate
development plan in the late 1990s.
Police suspect businessmen backing Holyland paid
tens of millions of shekels in bribes to public officials to ensure that
the plan received approval.
Huta was brought to the Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court on Wednesday
afternoon for a remand hearing.