Lieberman grilled over fraud suspicions

Foreign Minister interrogated for eight hours under warning for fourth time since entering office.

Lieberman dont mess 248.88 (photo credit: AP)
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(photo credit: AP)
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was interrogated Thursday under caution, the fourth such questioning session since he entered office. During the eight-hour session, Lieberman was questioned over suspicions of fraud, bribery, breach of public trust and fraudulent receipt of goods. It is believed that during the questioning sessions, Lieberman has been confronted with a large number of documents - gathered from Cyprus and obtained from his former attorney Yoav Mani - that police believe show Lieberman laundered millions of shekels. Police also suspect Lieberman of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes between 2001 and 2004 while serving as national infrastructures minister and transportation minister, allegedly receiving the funds from two businessmen. Police suspect some of the funds may have passed through a consulting firm owned by Lieberman's daughter, as well as a company owned by the foreign minister himself. Lieberman is also suspected of running personal business affairs while holding a ministerial post. Police are believed to be in the final stage of the investigation against him and are expected to pass their findings soon to state prosecutors who have been following the investigation. In the event that Lieberman is indicted, prosecutors would need to get the Knesset to remove Lieberman's immunity, and Lieberman would have an opportunity to call a hearing to convince prosecutors not to indict him. Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report