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Israel's Lieberman looking to avoid fraud charges
Reuters ^ | 1-17-2012 | Ori Lewis

Posted on 01/17/2012 7:17:01 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo

(Reuters) - Lawyers for Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman faced a hearing on Tuesday where they argued against his being indicted on graft charges that would force his resignation and could trigger early Israeli elections.

Justice officials announced last April that Lieberman, an outspoken rightwinger who heads the ultranationalist Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel is Our Home) coalition party, faced possible charges of fraud, money laundering and witness tampering.

Prosecutors suspect Lieberman of using shell companies and third-party accounts to receive more than $1.2 million illicitly while in public office, including from foreign businessmen with interests in Israel.

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TOPICS: Israel
KEYWORDS: avigdorlieberman; israel
I would suspect that there's people in the settler communities who worry what Netanyahu will do if Lieberman is not around to restrain him.
1 posted on 01/17/2012 7:17:09 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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Strange that these “charges” always seem to be directed at conservative Israeli politicians, and waste years and fortunes litigating them. Thanks Colonel Kangaroo.


2 posted on 01/17/2012 7:21:56 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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This is the problem in Israel. The leftist supreme court and the attorney general harass nationalist politicians so as to keep their arrogant leftist policies in place.


3 posted on 01/17/2012 8:07:51 PM PST by Stepan12
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