The Israeli police and the Israeli tax administration have urged the prosecution to charge Interior Minister Aryeh Machluf Deri with accusations of fraud, breach of trust, tax evasion, harassment of justice, money laundering, and a false statement. Deri was suspected of accepting bribes, but after reviewing the evidence, the police decided not to recommend allegations of that number.
The Israeli police and the tax office have closed a large-scale investigation of Deri and his brother Adv. Shlomo Deri and other suspects.
The file was opened in 2015 after reporter Globes Shlomit Tsur revealed that since 2010, Deri and his wife Yaffa had rights to build in the Givat Shaul neighborhood of Jerusalem and sold Adva's rights. Shlomo Deri in 2013 before Aryeh Deri returned to ministerial meetings. Shlomo Deri sued the Globes and Shlomit Tsur for NIS 100,000 for defamation, but in June 2017 the court, following a recommendation from the City of Jerusalem, resigned, after being clearly told that the report was not a wailing. "Globes" and Tsur were represented by Adv. Yoram Mushkat.
At the same time, the Israeli tax office has launched an investigation into money transfers between brothers, during which there was another suspicion about the other assets of the family.
A hidden investigation began in 2015 with the Lahav 433 police unit assisted by the money laundering office, which led to suspicion of unusual activity in the bank accounts associated with Aryeh Deri and his family members, suggesting transfers of considerable money from entrepreneurs to the family, Aryeh Deri's proposal into politics and partly afterwards.
An apparent investigation into this affair began in April 2016 and Aryeh Deri himself was questioned in May 2017.
Despite the fact that Deri was explicitly required not to talk to one of those investigating matters and was warned to try to manipulate the evidence, he immediately contacted the person concerned and spoke to him about the content of the investigation, his expected testimony to the police and refresh his memory.
The findings of the investigation have created the evidence base for allegations of fraud and breach of trust in Aryeh Deri in relation to his behavior in the affairs of a trader when he served as government minister and tax offenses of millions of shekels, money laundering, harassment of justice and oath the Controller and the President of the Knesset in his declaration of assets and income.
Evidence was also found against Adv. Shlomo Deri, acting as Deputy Chairman of the Jewish National Fund, major tax offenses and money laundering and tax offenses involving other suspects.
A separate investigation into another issue concerning Aryeh Deri has not yet been completed, but the police have decided to immediately transfer the first branch of the prosecution to that account.
Aryeh Deri's Statement says: "We welcome the conclusion of a police investigation that lasts almost three years. We are delighted to see that we have dropped from serious suspicions of bribery, stealing from non-profit organizations and other allegations that" I believe when state the embassy will investigate this matter, the other suspicions will also be removed and it turns out that Minister Aryeh Deri did not break the law. "
Adv. Yaron Kostelitz, representing Adv. Shlomo Deri, said he was sure the Public Prosecutor's Office had come to the conclusion that Adv. Deri did not commit any crime and there are no grounds for the accusation.
A Statement on behalf of the Israeli Quality Movement Movement stated: "The State of Israel is the only country in the world, except India, where the minister convicted of the crime returned to the ministry, lack of responsibility, the culture of corruption and unacceptable standards evolving, the recommendations refer not only to the crimes allegedly committed by Deri, but also to the alleged heavy attempts to prevent justice. "
In 2000, Aryeh Deri was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of taking bribes while serving as Interior Minister.
Published by Globes, Israel Business News – en.globes.co.il – November 20, 2018
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