Police: Enough evidence to charge port union boss with corruption charges

There is enough evidence to charge Ashdod Port Union Chairman Alon Hassan and other associates with extortion, money laundering, bribery, breach of trust, and obstruction of justice, the Israel Police reported Wednesday.
In the statement, police said they had finished the investigation of the Ashdod Port corruption allegations and that in the coming days they would be passing the case on to state prosecutors for them to decide how to proceed.
The Ashdod port case involves allegations that Hassan and other port officials created a system for helping private companies that they were linked to access services at the port, in exchange for bribes or because they were making money through partnerships with the companies. The case went public in May, when police arrested 15 suspects, including Hassan, in connection to the allegations.
Police said Wednesday they will request that the court freezes some NIS 13 million in assets belonging to the suspects.
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