In the midst of the investigation into possible corruption in a deal to buy submarines and patrol vessels from Germany, attorney David Shimron, who was being questioned in the probe, was allowed by police to fly abroad for a vacation on Saturday.
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The police have never detailed the allegations against Shimron, who is the personal lawyer and a very close associate of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. After his period of house arrest ended, the police decided not to extend the restrictions on him and did not object to his leaving the country for the United States, where he will spend two weeks.
Shimron’s associates said there was no reason to extend the restrictions against him since his involvement in the submarine deal was marginal. Shimron had represented businessman Michael Ganor, the Israeli representative of the German naval vessel manufacturer Thyssenkrupp. Ganor has been arrested in the case, which is popularly known as Case 3000.
At the hearing last week on extending Ganor’s detention, Central District Magistrate’s Court Judge Einat Ron addressed the claim of discrimination raised by the attorneys for Ganor and former deputy national security adviser Avriel Bar Yosef, who were both jailed, saying, “Attorney Shimron’s involvement relates only to some of the issues being investigated in these cases, but that’s enough at this stage.”
She added that the evidence collected points to a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing by Shimron. The detentions of Ganor and Bar Yosef were extended until Monday.
Eli Shaked, Shimron’s spokesman, said: “The house arrest ended on Friday morning. Attorney Shimron left this morning on a family vacation abroad that had been previously planned, with the approval of the enforcement authorities.”
Last week, Amit Hadadm, a lawyer from the office of Jacob Weinroth, who is representing Shimron, said: “Shimron is not at all suspected of giving or receiving bribes, and he was questioned on tangential issues in the case.”
The Israel Police said: “[Shimron] fulfilled all the conditions for his release, and we do not plan to say anything more.”