Moshe Lador Announces 'Significant' New Evidence in Lieberman Graft Case

State prosecutor: We are drafting final recommendations for indictment

State Prosecutor Moshe Lador said yesterday that his office is drafting its final recommendations to the attorney general regarding the possible indictment of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on charges including bribery, fraud, breach of trust and money-laundering.

Haaretz has learned that recent judicial inquiries in Europe reinforce the suspicions against Lieberman and bolster the police recommendation that he be tried.

Police believe Lieberman received more than NIS 10 million in bribes from businessmen, including Martin Schlaff and Michael Chernoy, that he laundered using shell companies and fictitious bank accounts abroad.

Lador told reporters yesterday that an investigation conducted two weeks ago by the State Prosecutor's Office "could contribute to the understanding of the grand scheme of things, and could aid in deciding this way or that." He said that the new material will be added to the recommendations before they are submitted to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, who has the final say.

Last month Haaretz revealed that the Israel Police had recommended charging Lieberman with breach of trust for receiving classified information about an ongoing investigation against him on suspicions of fraud and embezzlement.

Police recommended charging the former Israeli ambassador to Belarus, Ze'ev Ben Aryeh, with breach of trust and obstruction of justice for giving the classified information to Lieberman. Investigators believe that Ben Aryeh began providing the documents to Lieberman as early as October 2008.