Key Holyland suspect remanded again

Special approval given for request to hold Meir Rabin for 7 more days.

NMeir Rabin 311 (photo credit: NYaakov Lappin)
NMeir Rabin 311
(photo credit: NYaakov Lappin)
Property developer Meir Rabin, a key suspect in the Holyland corruption investigation, was remanded for another seven days on Monday.
Police had to receive special approval for the remand-extension request from Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein, since the suspect has been held in excess of 30 days. The approval was granted and the remand-extension request was accepted by the Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court.
Rabin is suspected of no fewer than 18 bribery offenses, police revealed during his previous remand hearing.
Rabin was arrested last month on suspicion of passing on tens of millions of shekels in bribery money to decision-makers in the Jerusalem Municipality in exchange for receiving approval for the enlarged and controversial residential development overlooking the capital’s Malha neighborhood.
He is also suspected of acting as intermediary and passing on NIS 1.5 million in bribes to former Israel Lands Authority head Ya’acov Efrati on behalf of former Bank Hapoalim chairman Dan Dankner, in order to ensure that industrial land he owned in Atlit could be converted into profitable real estate developments.
In addition, Rabin is suspected of involvement in real estate bribery offenses involving developments by the Zera company and the Tzuk Menara construction plan.