(photo credit: Channel 2)
The Population and Immigration Authority was expected to open an investigation
into allegations that Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein employed a foreign
worker in his home who did not have a proper work permit, Channel 10 reported
According to the report, Weinstein employed the foreign worker
until 2009, up until and after he began serving as attorney-general.
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case, first reported in Haaretz, was referred to the State Prosecutor’s Office
for a preliminary investigation several weeks ago. When it was decided that
suspicion that the attorney-general broke the law did indeed exist, the case was
transferred to the Population and Immigration Authority for a criminal
investigation into the allegations.
Last week, Weinstein’s office
released a statement affirming that the worker from India was employed by the
attorney-general until 2009, but added, “to the best of our knowledge, the
worker had a valid visa when he started his job.” The Indian national reportedly
held a permit to work as a caretaker but Weinstein is suspected of employing him
as a housekeeper.
Following a query from the Movement for Quality
Government, an assistant to the attorney-general said that he would ask
prosecutors to investigate the report and that it “will proceed in the same way
as it would against anyone else.”
On the surface at least, Weinstein’s
circumstances appear to be identical to those of Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s
wife, Nili Priel, who employed a Filipina house-cleaner who entered Israel with a
work permit for a caregiver.
Weinstein charged Priel with a criminal
offense for employing the worker in a sector not specifically registered on her
visa. Priel admitted to employing the housecleaner illegally and asked to pay a
fine, but Weinstein replied that this was impossible and said she must stand