Israel Shipyards Officials Detained on Suspicions of Taking Tens of Millions in Bribes

Bribery of a foreign public official, corporate fraud and money laundering are among the suspicions being explored

Jasmin Gueta
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The Israel Shipyards port in Haifa.
Jasmin Gueta

Three senior Israel Shipyards officials were detained by the police and the tax authority Sunday for questioning under caution, meaning they could be accused of a crime.

The three are suspected of bribing officials of a foreign government in order to advance security deals worth tens of millions of dollars, the police said. The company is also suspected of other offenses.

The three are suspected of bribery of a foreign public official, corporate fraud, money laundering, breaking the law on monitoring security exports, and tax offenses.

The police’s fraud squad is investigating the charges with the tax authority and international law enforcement agencies, overseen by the state prosecution’s economic and tax unit.