Justice Ministry to close Liberman case

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December 12, 2012 22:01

 
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The Justice Ministry is expected to close the main case against Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Thursday afternoon, while indicting him for breach of public trust in a separate 2008 case involving obstruction of justice by former Israeli Ambassador to Belarussia Zeev Ben-Aryeh, according to media reports.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed the timing of the decision.

The decision would be a fateful one for a case that goes back years, and could also move toward lifting a cloud from one of the most powerful politicians in Israel and end speculation of any premature end to Liberman's career. Liberman has maintained his innocence on all matters throughout.

According to an earlier draft indictment in the main case, Liberman is suspected of receiving millions of dollars from private business people through straw companies between the years 2001 and 2008, while he was a member of Knesset and a cabinet minister.

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