Chief suspects in Holyland affair remanded for 9, 10 days

April 13, 2010 19:41


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The chief suspects in the Holyland bribery affair were further remanded in custody by the Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Former Polar holding company owner Hillel Charni,  former city engineer Uri Shitreet and accountant Eliahu Hasson – were remanded for a further nine days each, while Charni's former assistant Meir Rabin was remanded for a further ten days.The four were each remanded for the full period requested by the police.

The remand proceedings of one-time Polar partner Avigdor Kelner were continuing on Tuesday evening.

Judge Abraham Heiman said of the affair that bribery had penetrated the highest echelons of government, and refuted the defense lawyers’ claims, saying the remands were unconnected with former prime minister Ehud Olmert’s expected return to Israel.

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