Israeli Communications Ministry Director General Interrogated in Bezeq Fraud Case

Shlomo Filber was questioned on suspicions relating to ethical and securities offenses

Communications Minstry Director General Shlomo Filber.
Emil Salman

As part of a wide-ranging securities fraud investigation at the Bezeq telecommunications company, Communications Ministry Director General Shlomo Filber was interrogated on Wednesday by investigators from the Israel Securities Authority on suspicions relating to securities offenses and other ethical violations, the ISA announced. A gag order has been issued barring reporting of details in the case.

The interrogation of Filber comes the same day that State Comptroller Joseph Shapira issued a special report that highlights a series of purportedly problematic decisions by the Communications Ministry relating to Bezeq, the country's largest telecommunications firm.

The initial probe of Bezeq, whose controlling shareholder is Shaul Elovitch, has focused on Bezeq’s 2015 acquisition of the shares in the Yes satellite television service provider from Eurocom, which is owned by Elovitch.

Since his appointment as Communications Ministry director general in 2015, Filber has worked to lift structural restrictions on Bezeq's business operations that required separation of its business divisions.