Court convicts former ambassador to Belarus

May 21, 2012 15:50

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday convicted former Israeli ambassador the Belarus Ze’ev Ben-Aryeh of disclosure in breach of duty and obstruction of justice. The sentence came within the framework of a plea bargain agreement reached by the parties, in which Ben-Aryeh admitted wrongdoing in exchange for a sentence of four to six months of community service and a probationary sentence to be determined by the court.

Ze’ev Ben-Aryeh, who served as Israel’s ambassador to Belarus between 2004-2009, is alleged to have disclosed confidential information to Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman in 2008 regarding a request by Israeli police to the Belarusian authorities for assistance in a criminal investigation into Liberman, who at the time was an MK.According to his indictment, in February 2008, Ben-Aryeh received a request that Israeli police had sent to its embassy in Belarus for assistance relating to the criminal investigation into Liberman, who at the time served as an MK.

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