Shari Arison revealed as suspect in housing company bribery probe

Alongside Arison, Israel's wealthiest woman, CEO of Arison Investment Efrat Peled was also questioned. The two were questioned under caution.

By
August 12, 2018 16:33
1 minute read.
Shari Arison Great

Shari Arison 88 248. (photo credit: )

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison was questioned by anti-corruption unit Lahav 433 for some eight hours on Sunday, in connection with the Shikun & Binui bribery probe.

Alongside Arison, Israel’s wealthiest woman, CEO of Arison Investment Efrad Peled was also questioned. Both women were questioned under caution.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


A statement released by police and Israel Securities Authority on Sunday said that officials from the housing and construction company Shikun & Binui are suspected of bribing foreign government officials and other offenses.

The bribes were allegedly intended to advance construction projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars in Kenya and other countries.

“As part of the Israel Police’s organized battle against offenses relating to public corruption, the investigation continues into bribery of a foreign public employee and offenses under the Securities Law,” read a joint statement released by Israel Securities Authority.
The investigation is being carried out by the police in cooperation with the Israel Securities Authority, international law enforcement agencies, and with the assistance of the State Attorney’s Office.

The Arison Group said in a statement, “Shari Arison and Efrat Peled were summoned in advance to Lahav offices 433. They cooperated fully and are confident that there was no flaw in their conduct – and that this will also be the conclusion of the law enforcement authorities. The Arison Group has zero tolerance for any inappropriate conduct. The group worked, works and will work to set high ethical standards in all its activities and fields of investment in Israel and around the world – and will continue to do business with added value for the benefit of the economy, society and the environment.”

Shikun & Binui said in February four current and former employees of a foreign subsidiary had been detained for questioning by police on suspicion of bribery in Africa, including CEO Ofer Kotler.



US-Israeli businessman Naty Saidoff last week bought a 47.5 percent controlling stake in Shikun & Binui for 1.1 billion shekels ($296 million) from Arison Investments, the investment arm of Arison.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Related Content

Soldiers gather around car crash site in Havat Gilad, 2018
August 17, 2018
Israeli woman killed in hit-and-run near Havat Gilad outpost

By TOVAH LAZAROFF