State rejects Barak wife's request to close investigation

November 14, 2010 23:09

The assistant to Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein on Sunday rejected Nili Priel's request that the state drop its criminal investigation of her and her husband - Defense Minister Ehud Barak - for hiring an illegal migrant to work as a housekeeper in their home.

Priel had asked that Weinstein levy a fine on the couple and close the investigative proceedings, in line with how many other senior public figures had been treated when caught in similar situations.Weinstein's assistant Raz Nizri responded, "There is no difference [between Barak and Priel and the average citizen prosecuted for illegal hiring] and they are to treated the same as the common people [before the law]."

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