THE ISRAEL POLICE conducts its high-level investigations through Lahav 433, the country’s ‘FBI,’ headquartered in this building in Lod..
(photo credit: WIKIPEDIA)
Israel Police arrested four Elad municipality officials on Sunday morning on suspicion of receiving bribes in return for rigging tenders and assistance in granting illegal building permits.
An elected official and civil servant are among those arrested, police said. A further three individuals were taken in for questioning.
Anti-corruption unit Lahav 433 has launched an open investigation into suspicions of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, police said, following a period of undercover work.
“Israel Police will continue to investigate and expose improper processes that harm orderly governance, and will strive to reach any location where there is suspicion of corruption in the public sphere,” police said in a statement.
On Sunday afternoon, Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court ruled that two of the three individuals taken in for questioning at Lahav 433's Lod headquarters can be held in custody until Wednesday, and the third individual until Tuesday.
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