Israel Reportedly Asks Germany for Legal Help in Arye Dery Probe

Direct connection between Israel’s appeal for help from Germany and the suspicions against interior minister cannot be revealed at this time because the case is under a gag order.

Interior Minister Arye Dery visiting Sderot, in May, 2016.
Eliyahu Hershkovitz

Israel has asked Germany for legal assistance with regard to the investigation of Interior Minister Arye Dery, Channel 10 News reported Monday.

The direct connection between Israel’s appeal for help from Germany and the suspicions against Dery cannot be revealed at this time because the case is under a gag order.

The minister has yet to be summoned for questioning, and it may be a while before that occurs, considering that requests for legal help typically take a long time to process.

However, Haaretz reported last Thursday that in part, the investigation in question concerns a possible real estate deal between Sholmo Dery, the interior minister’s brother, and businessman James Schlaff, brother of Austrian tycoon Martin Schlaff. The latter was suspected of giving bribes over a decade ago to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

For his part, Shlomo Dery has been questioned, as have several members of his family.

The Israel Tax Authority is also involved in probe.