Longtime Staffer of Israeli President Rivlin Interrogated on Suspicion of Misusing Position

The employee is suspected of breach of trust, and has been questioned twice ■ Police say Rivlin is not connected to the offenses the man is accused of committing

Josh Breiner
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Lahav 433 offices in Jerusalem, 2018.
Lahav 433 offices in Jerusalem, 2018. Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Josh Breiner

An employee at President Reuven Rivlin's residence in Jerusalem was questioned by police on suspicion of using his position to promote his private business. The employee, who has worked alongside the president for many years, is suspected of breach of trust.

On Thursday, he was questioned by police for six hours and on Friday for five hours, after which he was released to a five-day house arrest.

The employee is suspected of using his position and title to promote business partners and of mediating transitions in defiance of procedures, among other things.

The police stated that "in the course of an investigation being conducted by the National Fraud Investigation Unit in Lahav 433, a public servant has been questioned in the last 24 hours. The investigation is connected to offenses of integrity and relates to the suspect himself. "

The investigation was accompanied by the department for taxation and economics at the State Prosecutor's Office. Police noted that the president was not connected to or involved in the allegations.

Rivlin's office released the following statement in response to the report: "The President's Residence has been informed by the Israel Police regarding the investigation of one of the employees. Except for this, we are not aware of more details. We will provide the police whatever information is required in order to help clarify this matter as soon as possible."