Lieberman Slams Police for Allegedly Leaking Graft Probe Details

Police suspect FM advanced former Belarus envoy's position in exchange for secret documents.

Israel Police must be investigated over suspicions it had leaked to the media information pertaining to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman corruption investigations, Lieberman's attorney said in an appeal to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein on Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday it was ported that the foreign Minister was being questioned by police for allegedly obstructing the corruption investigation currently underway against him.

Police had reportedly suspected that Lieberman managed to obtain covert information regarding the probe from Israel's former ambassador to Belarus.

In his letter to the AG, Yaron Kostlitz Levinstein said that the alleged leak was "a serious matter," and that "those police officers involved should be duly dealt with."

"The committing of a crime in such an obvious and flagrant manner is something which should concern every Israeli citizens," Lieberman's attorney said.

Israel Police and the Justice Ministry dispatched former ambassador Ze'ev Ben Aryeh to seek Belarus' help in the investigation, but did not disclose details of that request to the public.

According to the allegations, Ben Aryeh did not pass on the information in a discreet way, as requested. He allegedly kept a copy of the request, which he is suspected of handing over Lieberman when the latter visited Belarus in October 2008.

Ben Aryeh has been questioned over the last few weeks regarding the allegations; Lieberman is now under suspicion for allegedly advancing Ben Aryeh's position in the Foreign Ministry in exchange for his help.

Lieberman and his associates are suspected of establishing several companies, some of them straw companies, in order to launder millions of shekels, which then allegedly ended up in the foreign minister's coffers. Police have also epxlored whether Lieberman continued running these alleged operations even after becoming a public official.

Israel Police also suspect that Lieberman and his associates tried to obstruct the investigation on at least three separate occasions, by changing the names of companies he had allegedly set up in Cyprus once he suspected the police had centered in them.