INTERIOR MINISTER Arye Deri at the Knesset.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Interior Minister Arye Deri was questioned on Thursday at the Lahav 433 National Fraud Unit in Lod, for the sixth time, in his corruption probe.
Deri is suspected of tax offenses, money laundering and breach of trust.
The investigation is being conducted by the Israel Police, the Israel Tax Authority and the Israel Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Prohibition Authority.
The probe relates to three main issues: The first concerns suspicion of tax offenses, fraud and money laundering in a real estate deal in which Deri allocated a property in the Givat Shaul neighborhood of Jerusalem to his brother Shlomo, who, like the minister, is expected to be indicted.
The second pertains to allegations that the construction of a vacation home owned by the Deri family in the Upper Galilee moshav of Kfar Hoshen, also known as Safsufa, was financed by money that was not reported to the tax authorities.
The third matter concerns the Mifalot Simha NGO, run by Deri’s wife, Yaffa. It is suspected that some of the organization’s money was not raised or used in accordance with tax regulations.
After Thursday’s session with investigators, Deri wrote on his Twitter account: “I just finished my questioning, and as usual I answered all the questions I was asked. Everything is good, and will be even better with the help of God.”
On October, it was reported that police are leaning toward indicting Deri and that they believed they had collected sufficient evidence against him.
The Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation, Kan, reported that some of the offenses in which Deri was allegedly involved happened during his time in office. It is still unclear which of the issues will be included in an indictment, but the report indicated that law enforcement authorities are likely to accept the police’s recommendation.