Likud MKs to push for wider probe of politicians' travels

April 2, 2011 22:41


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Likud MKs in the State Control Committee are expected to press for a wider probe into politicians’ overseas travels when the committee meets for a re-vote on State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss’s investigation into Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s travels.

MK Ophir Akunis (Likud) said Saturday that he and his fellow faction members would demand that the probe be extended to include overseas travels by former prime ministers, ministers and MKs in recent years. Akunis served as Netanyahu’s media advisor from 2004-2008, part of the period covered in Lindenstrauss’s probe.

Likud members of the Knesset committee complained last week that a Wednesday committee vote to allow additional authority for Lindenstrauss to probe Netanyahu was held under unfair conditions, with the intent of misleading coalition MKs. Although Knesset Legal Advisor Eyal Inon said that the vote was procedurally acceptable, it was returned to the committee for a re-vote, scheduled for Tuesday.

During the event in Ramat Hasharon, Akunis complained that Kadima MKs’ push for a State Comptroller probe that would exclusively examine funding sources for trips made by Netanyahu reflected political motivations.

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