Former Belarus ambassador gets 4 mon. community service

October 28, 2012 18:08

The Jerusalem District Court on Sunday sentenced former ambassador to Belarus Ze'ev Ben-Aryeh to four months imprisonment, which he will get to serve by performing four months of community service, for subverting an investigation against Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.

When Ben-Aryeh was still ambassador, in 2008, he illegally tipped-off Liberman regarding an investigation into charges that Liberman had accepted bribes and failed to report income to the tax authorities.

Ben-Aryeh was able to intercept aspects of the investigation since he was sent a package by the state to pass on to the Belarusian authorities requesting legal assistance – which nations sometimes give each other in gathering evidence that exists in a foreign country.

Rather, than merely passing on the request and its contents to Belarus, Ben-Aryeh shared the contents of the request with Liberman.

In June, Ben-Aryeh was convicted of disclosure in breach of duty and obstruction of justice as part of a plea bargain in which he admitted to sharing the classified information with Liberman.

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