Israeli Police Recommend Indicting Lieberman

May 25, 2010 12:49 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0
25 May
12:49 PM

The Israeli police recommended indicting Israelā€™s Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, who is under investigation for corruption and money laundering charges. The police recommended pressing new charges that involve corruption, the BBC reported Monday .

Lieberman is the head of the Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) fundamentalist party.

The police are recommending adding breach of public trust to the list of charges against the Israeli Foreign Minister.

The Israeli Attorney General will now decide how to proceed with the charges, though that the process could take up to three months, reported the BBC.

Zeev Ben Aryeh, a former Israeli ambassador to Belarus, is believed to have given Lieberman a document containing the details of the police investigation against him. Aryeh is now facing charges.

Lieberman is believed to be responsible for awarding him the post of ambassador in return for his services.

Lieberman is known for his strong support for expelling the Arabs from Israel. He has said that he considers the Arabs a strategic threat to his country.

As a youth in the Soviet Union, Lieberman worked as a bouncer at a night club, and is still known for his rough demeanour, according to the BBC.

He started a rift with Egypt after famously declaring that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak should ‘go to hell.’

In August of 2009, the Israeli police gave their initial recommendation that Lieberman be indicted on charges of money laundering, obstruction of justice and bribery.

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