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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Police on Monday said they have sufficient evidence to recommend
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein indict Foreign Minister Avigdor
Leiberman for breach of trust in connection to suspicions that he was passed classified information by a former Israeli diplomat about an ongoing fraud and embezzlement investigation against him.
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Israel Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The Jerusalem
Post Monday that "with the conclusion of the investigation
into the allegations [against Lieberman] Israel Police have sent our
recommendation to the attorney-general to pursue a breach of trust
indictment against Lieberman and an indictment for obstruction of
justice and breach of trust against former Israel ambassador to Belarus
In the coming days, the police are expected to pass the details of the
investigation to the economic crimes department of the Attorney
The investigation, which was carried out by the 'Lahav 433' National
Investigate Unit, dealt with police suspicions that in 2008 Lieberman
had Ben-Aryeh, then the Israeli ambassador to Belarus show him
classified material from a police probe of fraud and embezzlement
allegations against him. Ben-Aryeh was in possession of the documents
after he was given them by the Justice Ministry to transfer to Belarus
authorities. He was supposed to transfer them directly to local
authorities, but police allege that he passed copies of the documents
At the time Lieberman allegedly reviewed the documents neither he nor
any of his associates had been questioned or arrested by police.
Police have already recommended an indictment in the original
corruption case. In August 2009, police announced that they had
compiled enough evidence to charge Lieberman for taking bribes,
fraudulently receiving goods, obstructing justice, harassing witnesses,
and laundering millions of shekels through a number of shell companies
and bank accounts.
Responding to the police announcement, Lieberman's attorney did not
express alarm, instead comparing Monday's recommendations to similar
police recommendations in the past which were rejected by then Attorney
General Menahem Mazuz.
At a press conference last month, Lieberman, who was a member of
Knesset during the period in question, called the allegations against