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Ronen Bar-Shira, who is suspected of having stolen funds donated to the Campaign
to Free Gilad Schalit, was remanded for 10 days by the Rishon Lezion
Magistrate’s Court on Monday out of fear that he would obstruct a police
investigation into his affairs.
Bar-Shira, who worked for the campaign,
is suspected of funneling money given by donors to sponsor a protest flotilla,
which was scheduled to sail last September but was later canceled at the request
of the Schalit family, to an unaffiliated private
Investigators questioned Bar-Shira for six hours on Sunday.
The police representative at the meeting, Ch.- Supt. Lior Reiss, said that
Bar-Shira cooperated and handed over his computer and documents, although many
issues remained under investigation.
Reiss refused to disclose facts
about the investigation, including who had filed the complaint. He referred
repeatedly to a secret investigation report submitted by the police to the
Bar-Shira’s lawyers said the Schalit campaign figure responsible
for fund-raising and issuing receipts to service providers was Yoel Marshak, and
that Bar-Shira had been designated the fall guy because he was convicted of
fraud in 2001.
His lawyers argued that since the investigation was likely
to take a long time and Bar-Shira was willing to cooperate in full, there was no
need for him to be remanded.
The judge, however, decided that based on
the evidence and the police report, there was a risk that the suspect might try
to obstruct the investigation.
Markash and Schalit campaign director
Shimshon Leibman were both interviewed by police on Monday in connection with
their roles in the affair.