Skip to comments.Indictment Of FM Lieberman Expected This Week
Posted on 04/13/2011 2:28:47 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced Wednesday he intends to indict Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman later this week, Channel 2 reports.
The indictment includes charges of fraud, breach of trust, money laundering and harrassing a witness. Weinstein said he will hold hearings before proceeding with the indictment in which Lieberman's lawyers can defend him.
Lieberman's lawyer, Yoav Mani, and his assistant, Sharon Shalom, will also be indicted, according to the report.
Police recommended Lieberman be indicted more than 18 months ago, but the Attorney-Generals Office postponed the move, saying it needed to be be fine-tuned, but pledging that it would be filed before Passover.
According to Justice Ministry officials, Weinstein has been holding high-level discussions over the indictment with members of his staff for the past several weeks over what, exactly, Lieberman should be charged with.
In February, the charge of accepting bribes was dropped because of the difficulty in obtaining physical evidence to substantiate the charge, as well as the difficulty in subpoenaing witnesses, many of whom live abroad, for trial.
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