Ex-treasury Boss Seized Papers Linked to Netanyahu’s Expenses Before Leaving Office

Outgoing Accountant General Michal Abadi-Boiangiu is said to have taken sensitive documents before vacating post last week, sources in the Finance Ministry say.

Then-Accountant General Michal Abadi-Boiangiu with Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon in 2014.
Emil Salman

The outgoing accountant general seized six boxes containing sensitive documents – including papers related to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal expenses – before leaving office last week, Finance Ministry sources said.

Michal Abadi-Boiangiu was replaced by Rony Hizkiyahu, a former banks supervisor at the Bank of Israel. Before leaving office, she allegedly removed six cartons, including professional papers she had handled.

Abadi-Boiangiu rejected the allegations as “total nonsense.”

Treasury sources said material related to the “committee of three” that handles the prime minister’s personal expenses, which she had been in charge of approving, were among the papers seized.

The papers are also said to include documents regarding efforts to rehabilitate Hadassah University Hospital. Abadi-Boiangiu had a rocky relationship with the hospital’s director general, Ze’ev Rothstein, the sources claimed.

Other papers seized reputedly covered communications with Israel Chemicals – the private corporation that Abadi-Boiangiu had spent two years studying, in regard to its potash operations in the Dead Sea – plus documents related to boat acquisitions where the accountant general had been responsible for organizing financing of the deals.

The ministry sees the issue as “very sensitive” and Finance Ministry Director General Shai Babad has yet to decide how to proceed.

The treasury responded to this article by saying: “Michal no longer holds the position. We have no further comment.”