A-G briefed on Lieberman case

Weinstein not due to make decision on fraud, money laundering affair this month.

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February 4, 2010 20:01
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in Hungary.

lieberman glasses profile 311 AP. (photo credit: AP)

Freshly appointed Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein was briefed by
state prosecutors on the police investigation into Foreign Minister
Avigdor Lieberman, Hebrew media reported on Thursday.

The Justice Ministry did not immediately reply to a request seeking
confirmation of the meeting.

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According to reports, the meeting was attended by state prosecutor
Moshe Lador,  the head of the State Prosecution Economic Department,
atty. Avia Elef, and other state prosecutors who had accompanied
police during the investigation.

Weinstein has only begun studying the case materials, and is not
expected to make any decision on the case over the coming month,
according to reports.

In August 2009, the Israel Police said evidence existed to charge
Lieberman for taking bribes, fraudulently receiving goods, violating
public office, obstructing justice, harassing witnesses, and
laundering millions of shekels using a host of shell companies and
bank accounts.

The recommendation, which carries a surprisingly large number of
charges, came after a special unit of the National Fraud Unit and the
Lahav 433 Unit completed a three-year investigation, headed by
Lt.-Cmdr. Shlomi Ayalon.

A police source told The Jerusalem Post that Lieberman had contacted
witnesses in the investigation despite being asked by police not to do
so, resulting in the recommendations that he be charged with harassing
witnesses and obstruction of justice.



Shortly after the police recommendation was reported, Lieberman issued
a statement saying that the decision was without foundation, and that
he was the victim of political persecution.

"For 13 years the police have conducted a campaign of persecution
against me," he said.

Lieberman said the stronger he and his political party became, the more the campaign to "remove me from public activity" intensified.

"There was not one real reason to open an investigation against me,"
he said, adding that if the suspicions against him were substantiated,
the investigation would not have taken more than a decade.

Herb Keinon contributed to this report


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