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Israeli police to indict interior minister for fraud

In 2000, Deri served 22 months in prison for fraud and bribery while serving as interior minister

Anees Suheil Barghouti   | 20.11.2018
Israeli police to indict interior minister for fraud

JERUSALEM 

Israeli police have recommended Interior Minister Aryeh Deri be charged with fraud and money laundering, according to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth on Tuesday.

In a statement, police said it found sufficient evidence to indict the minister for fraud and breach of trust over his links with business people.

"The findings of the investigation are that there is an evidentiary basis against Deri that he committed fraud and breach of trust in connection with his conduct while serving as a minister," the statement said.

Police said the investigation focused on money transfers to the interior minister, who is the leader of the ultraorthodox Shas party, linked to land sales.

It recommended indicting Deri for fraud, breach of trust, perjury, tax evasion and money laundering.

Police also suggested the indictment of Deri’s brother, Shlomo Deri, for tax offenses amounting to millions of shekels.

“There's sufficient evidence to charge other suspects with money laundering and tax offenses,” police said.

In 2000, Deri served 22 months in prison for fraud and bribery while serving as interior minister.

After his release, he was elected as the leader of the Shas party in 2013.

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