Ex-Belarus envoy indicted in Lieberman affair (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Aviad Glickman Published: 05.01.12, 14:07)
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Former Ambassador Ze´ev Ben Arie faces conviction for obstruction of
justice as part of plea bargain in case related to pending charges
Former Ambassador to Belarus Ze´ev Ben Arie was indicted Tuesday for
obstruction of justice and failing to abide by State Service
mandatory disclosure protocols, in a case related to the charges
pending against Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
The State Prosecutor´s Office has filed a plea bargain arrangement
with the Jerusalem Magistrate´s Court, by which Ben Arie admitted his
The parties asked the court to sanction the plea, which will impose 4-
6 months of community service on the former ambassador.
The indictment and plea bargain were approved by Attorney General
According to the inducement, Ben Arie was acting as the ambassador to
Belarus between 2004 and 2009. Some of his duties at the time
involved acting as the liaison the Israeli and Belarusian authorities
on matters of law enforcement.
As such, he was privy to sensitive information and according to State
protocols, any such information must be kept in strict confidence, in
order to maintain the integrity of any legal proceeding.
Ben Arie, however, failed to uphold his duties: In 2008 he was
entrusted with a request by the Israeli Police, who sought the help
of Belarus authorities in their investigation against Lieberman.
In October of 2008, Lieberman visited Belarus and met with the
ambassador – who informed if that of the nature of the request, thus
Ben Arie also provided the foreign minister with some documents
regarding the investigation.
At the time when the suspicions against the former ambassador were
made public, Lieberman slammed then-Police Commissioner Dudi Cohen
for allegedly leaking the material to the press, calling the
move "the mother of all obstructions of justice."
He accused the police of "twisting the facts in order to pressure the
State Prosecutor´s Office and sway public opinion." (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 05/01/12)
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