'New Material May Affect Decision to Indict Lieberman in Graft Case'

State Prosecutor Lador says information will be included in the document compiled by the SPO, and which will be then be handed to the AG.

Recent developments in the graft case involving Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may advance a decision whether or not to indict the FM, State Prosecutor Moshe Lador said Wednesday.

Moshe Lador
Emil Salman

Lieberman is suspected of bribery, fraud, breach of trust and money laundering. Police believe that he received more than NIS 10 million in bribes from businessmen including Martin Schlaff and Michael Chernoy. The money was allegedly laundered via a series of shell companies and fictitious bank accounts overseas.

Lador has been reviewing the existing evidence against the foreign minister since coming into office earlier in the year, and is expected to recommend whether or not to indict Lieberman.

Speaking to reports in the Justice Ministry Wednesday, Lador said that an investigation which took place in the State Prosecutor's Office "two weeks ago could contribute to the understanding of the grand scheme of things, and could aid in deciding this way or that."

The newly received material, according to the state prosecutor, would be introduced into the document that has already been prepared in the State Prosecutor's Office, which will then be submitted to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein who will then make the final decision.

Last month, Haaretz learned that Israel Police had recommended indicting Lieberman for breach of trust due to suspicions he received classified information from an ongoing investigation against him.

Police also recommended indicting former ambassador Zeev Ben Aryeh for breach of trust and obstruction of justice, since he is suspected of providing the information to Lieberman.

Police believe that Lieberman was shown classified material from an ongoing police investigation against him over allegations of fraud and embezzlement. Ben Aryeh, Israel's former ambassador to Belarus, is suspected of giving Lieberman the documents - which he received from the Justice Ministry for transfer to the Belarus authorities - as early as October 2008.