(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Three video clips of former finance minister Avhraham Hirschson defending himself before police against accusations that he stole NIS 2.5 from the National Labor Federation were released on Sunday by the Tel Aviv District Court.
The clips, which were screened during Hirschson's trial, show the former finance minister deny receiving the funds in question, and distance himself from claims that he had a retirement fund arrangement with the federation's accountant, Gideon Ben-Tzor.
The video clips undermine subsequent claims made by Hirschson's in court, in which he claimed that the funds were transferred to a retirement fund in accordance with an agreement with Ben-Tzor.
In the police's videos, Hirschson is seen confronting the National Labor Federation's Director-General, Yitzhak Rosso. "I have never had a compensation arrangement of any type with Gideon," Hirschson is seen saying.
"The only compensation arrangement I had was when I received what I received when I had to resign from my work at the Histadrut Labor Federation. I did not receive cash... and I do not know where the director-general is getting this whole thing from."