AG: Lieberman Probe Complete Within Weeks (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/30/12)
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Deputy Attorney General Noa Mishur on Monday responded to a letter
from the Movement for Quality Government in Israel saying the
investigation into Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will be
concluded in the coming weeks.
"The hearings regarding Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman were held
in January and February 2012," wrote Mishur. "Consequently, we expect
the inquiry to be complete in the coming days after a few final
arguments from Mr. Lieberman´s defense team, per their request."
"Upon completion the findings will be passed to the Attorney General
for review," Mishur added. "The Attorney General will not decide the
matter or see the report until it is delivered so as to avoid
questions of undue influence on our findings on his part."
"With regard to reports of the report being completed as early
elections may be announced," his letter continued. "We refer you to
the law guiding the Attorney General regarding the prosecution and
enforcement of law prior to elections (No. 1.1913).
"According to Article 1, law enforcement activity before elections
shall be conducted in relation to the established proceedings
pertaining to elected officials and candidates, and decisions on
these cases will, in general, depending on the course of current
affairs, be made in accordance with normal enforcement priorities.
"Therefore, the case concerning Mr. Lieberman will be conducted
according to the law and following normal enforcement policies," he
The probe into Lieberman has been of inordinate length and mutated
when police found themselves unable to prove criminal misconduct on
the initial crimes the investigation was opened to pursue.
The Attorney General´s office is presently digging through
Lieberman´s financial statements dating back to 1997, when he was the
Director-General of the Prime Minister´s Office, with the aim of
indicting him on charges of money laundering, fraud, and breach of
However, police say they began their inquiry in 1999 – 13 years ago –
as a fruitless probe into alleged infractions of Israel´s campaign
financing laws. Turning up nothing, they moved onto Lieberman´s
business and banking practices.
As early as 2003, then-attorney-general Elyakim Rubinstein – now a
Supreme Court justice – published a scathing report exposing police
misconduct vis-a-vis the Lieberman investigation. Rubinstein
recommended removing head of the Police Investigations Unit Moshe
Mizrahi from his post.
He charged that Mizrahi brazenly extended permissions he obtained to
bug politicians’ phones, illicitly eavesdropped on their
conversations and those of their families, and transcribed extensive
conversations that had nothing to do with his investigatory mandate.
Critics note that Mizrahi is seeking a spot on Labor´s next Knesset
list. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/30/12)
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