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Real estate developer Meir Rabin, suspected of acting as an intermediary
in the Holyland real estate scandal, was said by his lawyer on Monday
to be suspected of bribing top lawmakers, as well as Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef,
in a bid to gain approval for the project's expansion.
to attorney Giora Zilberstein, Rabin is suspected of bribing Foreign
Minister Avigdor Lieberman and MKs Ruhama Avraham (Kadima) and Danny
Naveh (Likud), who served as ministers at the time.
Zilberstein made the announcement during a court session concerning the
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Lieberman, Avraham and Naveh immediately denied the allegations."This
is nonsense that should not be dignified with a response," said a source from Lieberman's office. Avraham threatened to take legal action against those who had made such "slanderous" claims, adding she could not allow such "idle chatter" to pass.
Naveh, meanwhile, said it was "a shame that names, such as my own, are frivolously being thrown into
the air when it is clear that only a wild imagination could bring them
up in the context of this affair."
Upon his arrest several days ago, police said Rabin had promoted
Holyland projects and passed on tens of millions in bribery money to
decision makers in the Jerusalem Municipality. Rabin was put under heavy
pressure to name those who had received the alleged bribe money.
The police representative to court said Rabin's involvement in the
alleged offenses was “monstrous,” adding that he refused to cooperate
with detectives during questioning. “As the fog lifts, things are
becoming clearer,” the representative said.
Rabin was arrested on April 6 and has been held in detention ever since.
He was remanded until Wednesday.