Liberman acquitted in fraud trial, paving way for return to Foreign Ministry

Yisrael Beytenu leader acquitted on charges of fraud and breach of public trust; no decision by State on possible appeal.

November 6, 2013 09:24
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Liberman at court following acquittal , Nov. 6 2013

Liberman at court following acquittal 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)


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Liberman at Jerusalem Majistrate

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Wednesday acquitted former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman on charges of fraud and breach of public trust, in a long-awaited decision which sent shock waves throughout the Israeli political system.

Since Liberman was indicted on charges of fraud and breach of public trust in December 2012, Israeli politics have been on pause (the post of foreign minister has been held in trust for him) to learn the fate of one of the most dominant forces of the last decade.


Liberman addressed the media upon leaving the courtroom, saying that, "this issue is behind me, I don't want to deal with it anymore. I want to focus on new challenges."

He refused to answer questions about his political future and a possible return to his post of foreign minister following the acquittal.

The lead attorney for the State, Michal Sable said that the state believed "it had sufficient evidence for a conviction, but the court thought otherwise."

Justice Ministry spokesman Moshe Cohen added that the prosecution would study the decision, adding there would be public comments yet on an appeal.

Many are predicting that with his acquittal his popularity will be further boosted, and he will immediately return to the post of foreign minister.

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