(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Minister Arye Deri will be questioned by the Israel Police on Tuesday on suspicions of tax offenses, money laundering and breach of trust.
This will be Deri’s fourth round of questioning in the affair, and reports suggest it will not be the last.
Deri and his wife, Yafa, are being questioned about three issues: The first is on 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.
The second relates to allegations that construction of a house in Safsufa, which the Deri family owns, was funded by money it received that went unreported to the tax authorities.
The third is about the NGO Mifalot Simha, which Yafa Deri runs. It is suspected that some of the money for the organization was not raised or used in accordance with tax regulations.
Deri was also suspected of bribery offenses, but that charge was not included in the police’s official list of charges, according to a Kan news report.
The nature of Deri’s questioning is mainly economic and representatives of the tax authority are expected to be present in the investigation rooms alongside police investigators.
After his last questioning session in June, Deri said he was cooperating with his interrogators.
“I answered all the questions I was asked, and I am faithful in the law enforcement system,” he said.