Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's defense attorneys arrived at a pre-indictment hearing at the Attorney-General's office Tuesday, testifying that the foreign minister had any connection to illegally obtained funds or straw companies that allegedly funneled the money, Channel 10 news reported. Lieberman's lawyers argued that the foreign minister was no longer involved in companies that received illicit funds by the time he had entered politics. They also said there is no proof that Lieberman ran straw companies before beginning his political career. According to his defense, the Lieberman was involved in "real companies" in the wine and wood trade. Police suspect that Lieberman obtained NIS 10 million, which was funneled through six to eight straw companies.
Gil Hoffman contributed to this report