Police: Holyland Suspect Involved in 18 Corruption Affairs

Meir Rabin is suspected of acting as middleman in scandal, allegedly transferring funds to Lieberman.

Meir Rabin, a suspected middleman in the Holyland corruption scandal, is involved in 18 different corruption cases, said a police representative on Wednesday.

"Only four or five of the affairs are related to real estate projects," said the police representative during a deliberation to extend Rabin's remand at the Rishon Letzion Magistrates Court.

An attorney for Rabin, alleged to have acted as a conduit for bribe money in a scandal that has also implicated former prime minister Ehud Olmert, claims that the police is pressuring him to become a state witness and that the purpose of his arrest is to break his spirits. The court ruled to extend Rabin's remand by six days.

On Monday, Rabin's attorney said police questioned Rabin over suspicions he transferred millions of shekels to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

The lawyer, Giora Zilberstein, said police confronted Rabin with alleged money transfers to Lieberman and several other senior political figures, including minister without portfolio Ruhama Avraham-Balila, former Likud minister Dan Naveh and the Shas party's spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

"I don't think [the alleged transfers] related to Holyland, but that's all the detail I have," Zilberstein said following Rabin's remand hearing on Monday.

A spokesman for Lieberman, who is already under investigation on separate corruption allegations, said that the claims were "nonsensical and unworthy of consideration".

Avraham-Balila also denied any connection to Rabin, calling the allegations "false and libelous" and vowing not to ignore them.

"I have never known or met the man and I intend to instruct my attorney to inspect this nonsense and file a libel complaint against anyone who alleges such preposterous claims," she said.

Naveh said: "It is regrettable that names such as mine are being thrown about. Only the wildest imagination could mention them in relation to this affair."

A police spokesman said in response: "The decision by Rabin's attorney to mention those names is his sole responsibility. The names mentioned did not appear in the police spokesman's statement or in remand hearing."