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