Police at Ben Gurion Airport 311 (R).
(photo credit: Nir Elias/Reuters)
A former Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) employee and an ex-cop are under
arrest on suspicion of accepting large bribes to help people on a no-exit ban to
leave the country.
Police said they suspect the two received up to NIS 100,000 to
help individuals circumvent bans placed on them by courts, which prevent them
from leaving the country.
The investigation, dubbed by police "Safe
Passage," was classified as undercover, and lasted for two months. It wad led by
the police's National Fraud Unit together with the Central District.
Police said they suspect the two are part of a larger network, and
said further arrests are expected soon.
The alleged criminal ring
included a lawyer and private investigator, Channel 10 reported.
said they suspect the private investigator would track down people banned from
leaving the country and offer them assistance in exchange for cash. Bribe
money was allegedly paid at a meeting point at Ben-Gurion Airport on the day of