Mazuz says Lieberman can remain FM

A-G rejects request by watchdog that Lieberman be suspended until a decision is made in his case.

August 17, 2009 13:35
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Mazuz says Lieberman can remain FM

mazuz 248.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])


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There is no legal obstacle to prevent Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman from continuing to serve in his position as long as no decision has been made to indict him on corruption charges, Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz said Monday. Mazuz's statement came in response to a request by a watchdog group Ometz-Citizens for Social and Legal Justice in Israel that he suspend Lieberman until a decision is made on whether to indict him. Earlier this month, Lieberman pledged to give up all three of his posts as foreign minister, Israel Beiteinu chairman and MK if he is indicted, but said he was certain he would be found innocent and would return to all three positions even stronger. He said he slept soundly after the police announced their recommendation to indict him, and that his conscience was clear. "I'm happy that after great efforts and an appeal to the High Court of Justice, the investigation has reached its conclusion, and I hope the State Attorney's Office will supply a swift answer," Lieberman had said. "I reviewed everything I said in the questioning sessions, and I am at peace with all of my actions," he added. "If I had the opportunity to do things over again, I would do the same."

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