Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is due to announce within days his decision to indict, subject to a hearing, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on charges of fraud, breach of trust, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. Sources inform ''Globes'' that Weinstein has decided not to indict Liberman on bribery charges, and he is still wavering over charges of fraudulent receiving.
The Attorney General's Office is scheduled to hold more meetings in the coming days on the wording of the indictment, and a decision will be announced within two weeks.
The Ministry of Justice believes that one of the difficulties it will face when the official decision is announced is the need to explain why the bribery charge was dropped. However, the attitude of the participants in the meetings with Weinstein is that, while bribery is a more serious charge than fraud and breach of trust, carrying a seven-year prison sentence, compared with three years for breach of trust, the breach of trust charge is actually the more significant crime that the legislature seeks to prevent in cases of public officials. This is because the banning of bribery is aimed at preventing the receiver of bribes from facing a conflict of interests in his public position, i.e. to commit a breach of trust.