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"A strong evidentiary foundation," is how Rishon Letzion Magistrate's Court Judge Rafi Aranya described data collected up to now by investigators from the police's national fraud investigation squad concerning the private investigators hired by former president Moshe Katsav.

Aranya decided to authorize the release of names of the head of an investigations firm and one of its employees, in accordance with a request submitted by Haaretz. However, the judge deferred this decision's implementation until next week, in order to allow the two persons an opportunity to appeal in a district court.

Yesterday the head of the investigations firm, and the man who worked with him, were questioned by police from the national fraud squad for a number of hours.

Police suspect that the pair was hired by the Katsav family, with the aim of collecting new evidence that would help the former president in the appeal he has submitted.

The owner of the investigations company was instructed to turn to four different parties connected to the sex crimes trial conducted against Katsav, and to try to extricate from them accounts that might help him with the appeal.

Police investigators have wire-tap recordings they arranged, documenting conversations between the head of the investigations company and the investigator; these recordings were made with the intent to corroborate or reject the investigator's claim that he shared information with the company owner about all his activities, including those which police suspect involved illegal invasions of privacy and harassment of witnesses.