Sharansky: Claims Conference must be independently probed

By JTA
May 22, 2013 09:06

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky has called for an independent probe to investigate allegations against senior executives of the Claims Conference, a spokesman informed The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

As Agency chairman, Sharansky has a seat on the board of the Conference, which was established in 1951 to secure restitution for Holocaust survivors and their heirs from the German government.

Sharansky made his call in a letter to Conference chairman Julius Berman in which he “recommended that a public independent committee of distinguished members who are not connected to either the Board of the Directors or the beneficiaries be established, in order to investigate the allegations so that the public trust in this important organization not be damaged,” the spokesman said.

The current controversy centers on the recent conviction of conference employee and Semen Domnitser, his leading role in defrauding the organization of $57 million between 1993 and 2009, and allegations that senior officials had been warned of his activities as early as 2001.


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