Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein is set to begin a two-day pre-indictment hearing for Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday.Weinstein told Lieberman last April that he planned to indict him, pending a hearing, on charges of fraud, breach of trust, fraudulent receipt, money-laundering and witness harassment.Lieberman is suspected of receiving millions of dollars from private business people, through straw companies, between the years 2001 and 2008, while he was a member of Knesset and a cabinet minister.The hearing had been set to begin in December, but Weinstein agreed to postpone it at the request of Lieberman¹s lawyers to give them more time to examine thousands of documents of evidence and properly prepare.Weinstein is expected to make a final decision about whether to indict Lieberman within months of the hearing.
Lieberman would be under no obligation to resign from the cabinet or from
the leadership of Israel Beiteinu if he is indicted, but he has said on
several occasions that he would leave those posts to concentrate on his
trial. He would have to quit the Knesset.