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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was questioned by police on Tuesday
on suspicion of having received in 2008 an illegal tip-off informing
him of the police's suspicions against him, and allegedly allowing him
to subvert the course of the investigation.
The tip-off was
allegedly delivered to Lieberman by Israel's former ambassador to
Belarus, Ze'ev Ben-Aryeh, who in August 2008 was asked by the Israel
Police's National Fraud and Lahav 433 units to pass along a request for
assistance to law enforcement authorities in Belarus as part of the
investigation into Lieberman's affairs.
Lieberman was a Knesset member at the time.
request, which was sent to the Embassy in Belarus via the Justice
Ministry, contained confidential information on bank account details
and individuals in Belarus, according to Hebrew media reports. It was marked "secret," yet Ben-Aryeh
allegedly opened the envelope, made a copy of the request, and handed
over the information to Lieberman a few months later, when the two met in Belarus in 2008.
"Requests for assistance of this kind are very detailed, and are aimed
partly at convincing foreign law enforcement agencies to cooperate in
the investigation. Certainly, the target of the investigation is not
supposed to gain access to such information," a police source told The Jerusalem Post
The source added that Lieberman answered all questions put to him on Tuesday.
now serves as a diplomatic advisor in the Foreign Ministry and police
say they are "also investigating Ben Aryeh's promotion and employment
in the ministry in recent months."
Lieberman was questioned for two hours on Tuesday, while Ben-Aryeh was questioned in recent days, police said.
In August 2009, the Israel Police said 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.
Freshly appointed Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein was briefed by
state prosecutors on the police investigation into Lieberman last month.