Jerusalem municipal employees arrested on suspicion of corruption

The three suspects were arrested on Tuesday morning after an undercover investigation that had been underway for about 10 months.

By ALON HOCHMON/MAARIV
August 6, 2019 14:27
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Jerusalem city hall in Safra Square

Jerusalem city hall in Safra Square. (photo credit: DANIEL BARÁNEK/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

A senior official of the Jerusalem municipality, his assistant and a member of a company working the city have been arrested on suspicion of corruption.

They are suspected of giving and receiving bribes for the promotion of personal interests over a period of seven years.

The three suspects were arrested on Tuesday morning after a 10-month-long.

The investigation found that the senior official and his personal assistant had "provided free" thousands of tickets for events and performances, and had promoted other favors for seven years, including the cancellation of parking reports and fines of associates.

It was also suspected that the senior member of the municipal company was involved in a bid to obtain permits for the demolition of a building in the south of the city, which is defined as a "building for preservation" that belonged to his wife, in order to demolish the building and construct new apartments on the site.

After collecting enough evidence against the three key suspects, they were arrested. One municipal worker is in his 30s and the other is in his 70s.

The suspects are residents of Jerusalem and the surrounding area. They were arrested at their homes.

On Tuesday afternoon, the suspects will be brought before the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court.


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