'Police recommend dropping case against Danziger'

Channel 10 news: It is unclear whether police want to stop investigation because of Supreme Court judge's innocence, or lack of evidence.

September 14, 2011 22:44
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Yoram Danziger

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Police have recommended that the state prosecution drop the case against Supreme Court Judge Yoram Danziger who has been questioned due to his ties with Bat Yam Mayor Shlomo Lahiani.

Police did not divulge whether the reason for making the request was the lack of evidence or proof of the Supreme Court judge's innocence.

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Danziger’s probe to begin in coming days

The State Attorney's office told Army Radio it was making every effort to expedite the case, but they were unsure if they could reach a final decision to close the case by Rosh Hashana.

Danziger was the first sitting Supreme Court justice in Israeli history to be questioned under caution as part of a criminal investigation.

Police are investigating Lahiani, who is suspected of various instances of corruption during his time as mayor.

Lahiani was arrested in 2009, and the allegations listed in the charge sheet include fraud, breach of trust, money laundering and theft by a public official by using public money to pay personal speeding fines.

The Bat Yam mayor has said police suspicions against Danziger were "utter nonsense."

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