Israel's Public Security Minister Praises Police Handling of Probe of His Party

Yitzhak Aharonovitch says police chief informed him of Yisrael Beiteinu corruption scandal only after arrests had already been made.

Yaniv Kubovich
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Yitzhak Aharonovitch attending a Public Security Ministry event last year.
Yitzhak Aharonovitch attending a Public Security Ministry event last year.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Yaniv Kubovich
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Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, a member of Yisrael Beiteinu, gave his support on Wednesday to the work of the police, the prosecution and the attorney general in investigating corruption allegations involving members of his party. He said Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino had informed him personally only after the arrests had been made and that he was careful not to involve himself in the details of the probe or its findings.

Meanwhile, former Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov, suspected of bribery and obstruction of justice in the Yisrael Beiteinu corruption affair, was released yesterday to 10 days’ house arrest by the Rishon Letzion Magistrate’s Court.

Misezhnikov had originally been remanded until Friday but was released to house arrest after the police said they had finished questioning him. Also at yesterday’s hearing, Agriculture Ministry director general Rami Cohen was remanded until Friday, when he is expected to be released to house arrest for 10 days and banned from his office for 60 days. Tamar Regional Council chairman Dov Litvinoff was sent to five days’ house arrest and banned from his office for 15 days. Eleven other suspects in the affair are still in custody.

Former Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov in court, 2014.Credit: Nir Keidar

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