Off duty IDF soldiers are silhouetted as they walk on the shore of the Mediterranean sea .
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IDF Tel Aviv Tel Hashomer Base top commander Chief Warrant Officer Sayid Nasraldin has been indicted on bribery charges that involve supermodel Bar Refaeli’s brother and other soldiers.
The army announced late Saturday that Nasraldin is suspected of allowing a number of soldiers, including On Refaeli, to leave base without permission and of promises of easy assignments in exchange for bribes such as clothing and soccer tickets.
According to the IDF the approximately 100 incidents took place mostly over the past year Also allegedly involved in bribing Nasraldin was Daniel Grant, the son of football coach Avraham Grant.
Daniel Grant reportedly gave tickets to Nasraldin after the commander falsely reported him to be on-base when, in truth, he had left without permission. Refaeli is said to have offered Nasraldin clothing from Hoodies, a company partially owned by the Refaeli family, in exchange for permitting him to not come to the base.
According to the army, both soldiers are not being charged because the investigation determined that they didn’t always follow through with their side of the alleged bribes.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit also stated that Nasraldin is accused of acting in a similar manner with a number of other soldiers, permitting them to be off-base while falsely reporting them as being present in exchange for various gifts or benefits.
Nasraldin also has been charged with a crime related to military documents and offenses of conduct unbecoming.
His defenders argue that the officer’s actions are typical within the army and that he has been unfairly singled out by competitors for promotion.
Nasraldin is expected to admit to the charges before a military court in a plea bargain that would see him discharged from the army but allow him to avoid jail time.