Liberman, prosecution likely moving toward plea bargain

April 23, 2012 08:57

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and the prosecution are likely to formally open plea bargain negotiations in the near future, Israeli media sources indicated on Monday.

Liberman is under investigation for charges of fraud, breach of trust, obtaining certain items or benefits through deceit, money-laundering and witness harassment. According to an earlier draft indictment, 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.

Reportedly, in recent days the prosecution gave Liberman a set of questions which he must answer in the near future, after which the focus will move to plea bargain negotiations.

Media reports have periodically surfaced since March that the answers provided by the foreign minister and his counsel to questions by the state have muddled the state's case sufficiently that it is moving towards offering a plea bargain agreement.

Ron Friedman and Gil Hoffman contributed to this report.

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