Hirchson faces another round of questioning

Police question Hirchson Monday for a grueling eight hours.

By REBECCA ANNA STOIL
March 27, 2007 23:37
1 minute read.
hirchson 88 298

hirchson 88 298. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson spent another eight grueling hours being questioned under caution Tuesday, but police said they were certain that they would have to question the Kadima minister at least once more. This latest round of questioning came a day before Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz was expected to hold a meeting to decide if the evidence against the minister is sufficient to require his suspension from the ministry. The finance minister is currently under investigation for allegedly embezzling funds from organizations he headed. Hirchson will face another barrage of questioning later this week. Last week, he was questioned under caution for seven hours, but police were forced to limit their questioning, as the finance minister was under pressure to engage in eleventh-hour negotiations to prevent the planned general strike. Hirchson could face charges including fraudulent acquisition, violation of public trust, managerial theft, and authorizing false accounting statements. The Movement for Quality Government watchdog group has stepped up its actions against the embattled minister this week, holding a demonstration outside of the Finance Ministry's Jerusalem offices on Tuesday, calling for Hirchson to suspend himself until the investigation against him was concluded. The group argued that the fact that Hirchson remained at his post despite the serious allegations against him seriously damaged public confidence in the government. The Movement for Quality Government also asked for an interim injunction to prohibit Hirchson from taking part in matters related to budget allocations to law enforcement agencies, particularly the Public Security Ministry. Police said that they have not yet scheduled the additional questioning session for Hirchson. Currently, investigators have been probing both Hirchson's and his son Ofer's bank accounts to determine who funneled money to whom, and for what purpose. Differing accounts have prompted a variety of scenarios, including that Hirchson was trying to pay off his son's gambling debts, or that Ofer Hirchson was using his father's account to evade paying taxes.

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN