The Israel Police offered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s confidant, cousin and attorney David Shimron the opportunity to become a state’s witness in the Case 3000 corruption case, Channel 2 News reported on Sunday.Shimron, who was questioned multiple times about his involvement in what has been dubbed the “Submarines Affair,” rejected the offer.Case 3000 is a police corruption investigation into Israel’s purchase of German-made naval vessels.Shimron was the attorney for Miki Ganor, the representative of German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp, who became a state’s witness in late July.Netanyahu is not a suspect in this case. But reports suggest that the offer to make Shimron a state’s witness indicates that he might have information which could criminalize other senior figures.The Israel Police would not confirm the report to The Jerusalem Post.
Earlier this month, Shimron was questioned for four consecutive days, during which time, police also questioned his associate attorney Yitzhak Molcho, who is also considered a confidant to Netanyahu and was his special diplomatic envoy.It was reported last week that former defense minister Ehud Barak testified in the case at the Lahav 433 National Crime Unit headquarters in Lod. Barak, however, refused to comment.
As Netanyahu faces police questioning, rivals look "post-Bibi" (credit: REUTERS)