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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyer and confidant David Shimron was due to make $9 million off a controversial submarine deal with a German company whose representative in Israel, Miki Ganor, employed Shimron as his lawyer, Channels 2 and 10 reported Sunday.
The stations quoted sources familiar with the testimony of Ganor, who has turned state’s witness and is trying to incriminate Shimron.
The reports said Ganor would have received $45m. for the deal and would have had to pay Shimron a fifth of that sum.
Shimron has repeatedly denied receiving anything but a legal retainer for representing Ganor. His lawyers, Yaakov Weinroth and Amit Hadad, vigorously denied Sunday’s report.
“It is so far from the truth that we cannot believe Ganor would say it,” they said.
In an interview with Channel 2 last Tuesday, Shimron said Netanyahu had no idea he had been hired by the representative of the German company ThyssenKrupp. Shimron also denied reports that he would be summoned by the police for questioning when he returns from a private visit to California.
He also said he regretted working with Ganor.
“Ganor testified about himself that he is an arch-criminal,” Shimron said. “I didn’t know until recently that I was not dealing with an honest man with proper ethics.”