Israel's Submarine Affair: Ex-senior Netanyahu Official, Former Navy Chief Detained for Questioning

Police detained four additional suspects for questioning and searched their homes, offices

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and Navy Commander Major general Ram Rothberg standing on top of the new submarine in March, 2017.
Kobi Gideon / Government Press Office

Israel Police detained questioning six suspects in Israel's ongoing "submarine affair" on Sunday, among them a former senior official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bureau and former navy chief Eliezer Marom. Also detained include a former navy brigadier general and a media adviser. Police searched the suspects' homes and offices, as well.

The State Attorney's Office is expected to submit its response to a petition demanding the opening of a criminal investigation into Netanyahu later on Sunday.

Also known as the “Submarine Affair,” the scandal involves allegations of bribery in a more-than-billion-dollar submarine deal between Israel and Germany. The prime minister is not a suspect in this case, but his personal lawyer, adviser and cousin is. ThyssenKrupp, the German shipbuilder, is represented in Israel by Michael Ganor, the key suspect in the affair.

Alleged to have bribed high-ranking defense officials to advance the deal, Ganor signed an agreement in July to turn state's evidence in the case. In exchange for testifying against other suspects, he will serve one year in prison and be fined 10 million shekels ($2.8 million). David Shimron, Netanyahu’s personal lawyer, adviser and cousin, also served as Ganor's attorney.