Lieberman talks to cameras 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
Citing the "mother and father of all investigation disruptions,"
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman filed a temporary
injunction to the High Court of Justice on Wednesday to force the
attorney general, the state attorney and the Police Investigations
Division to explain why an internal investigation
of leaks in his criminal case had been closed.
August 2009, police said enough 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.
It comes a day after he was questioned
by police on suspicion of having received an illegal tip-off in
2008 informing him of the police’s suspicions against him and allegedly
allowing him to subvert the investigation process under way at that
Lieberman told reporters outside court on Wednesday that closing the
leaks case was contrary to a 2008 High Court of Justice ruling that had
ordered the police conduct an “intensive
investigation” into leaks.
Sources close to Lieberman said Tuesday that over
the 14 years of investigations against him, whenever the cases were
weakening, police had leaked new information to the public in an
attempt to harm him.
sources also said the fact that police had leaked the investigation an
hour after it concluded merely showed that they were trying to keep the
Lieberman file alive and in the public eye because “they do not have
anything substantial against him.”
Lieberman’s lawyer on Tuesday asked Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein to investigate the source of the leak.
client presented himself to the police as requested, and answered all
the questions asked,” Lieberman’s lawyer Yaron Kostelitz wrote to
Weinstein. “And here, not more than an hour passed since the end of the
investigation, and its details were leaked to the media by someone in
the police. As a result, I request that you direct the police
investigations department to open an inquiry into this leak.”
A source in Israel Beiteinu accused the police of a “witch hunt” against their party leader.
“The behavior of the police is infuriating,” the source said. “But we
believe this [new investigation] won’t impact the decision of
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein, who will not end up indicting him.”
MKs Daniel Ben-Simon (Labor) and Haim Oron (Meretz) called upon
Netanyahu to fire Lieberman, who they said was causing massive damage
to the country.Gil Hoffman contributed to this report.