Court session on Lieberman probe postponed

Lieberman's lawyer, Yaron Koteli, said the general elections and their drain on Lieberman's resources meant that his client could not dedicate full attention to the hearing.

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February 9, 2009 23:53
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Court session on Lieberman probe postponed

Lieberman 248.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

A High Court session scheduled for Monday, aimed at examining a request by Israel Beitenu chairman Avigdor Lieberman for police to conclude the investigation of him, has been postponed to a date after the general elections. Lieberman's lawyer, Yaron Koteli, said the general elections and their drain on Lieberman's resources meant that his client could not dedicate his full attention to the hearing at this time. "Both sides agreed to the delay," Koteli said. The High Court session will be held between now and March 15, he added. Police suspect Lieberman used Cypriot bank accounts registered in his daughter's name for money laundering and fraud. In a late January raid, police officers from the National Fraud Unit and the Lahav 433 anti-organized crime unit arrested Lieberman's daughter Michal, together with Lieberman's former attorney, Yoav Mani, and five other suspects. One source close to Lieberman drew a link between the recent arrests and the pending High Court session, arguing that police had chosen to answer Lieberman's petition by wrapping up inquiries and recommending to prosecutors to indict the Israel Beitenu chairman. Some critics have described the arrests as a politically motivated witch-hunt, a charge police have denied. Lieberman is expected to be questioned in the near future. Following the arrests, former senior National Fraud Unit investigator Dep.-Cmdr. (ret.) Boaz Guttman told The Jerusalem Post he was personally acquainted with the detectives leading the Lieberman investigation, adding that it was inconceivable that they could be swayed by political considerations.


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