Case 3000’s main sus­pects, and what they al­legedly did,

The Jerusalem Post - - FRONT PAGE - • By TAMARA ZIEVE

The Is­rael Po­lice an­nounced on Thurs­day that it will rec­om­mend six sus­pects be pros­e­cuted: Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu’s lawyer, con­fi­dant and rel­a­tive David Shim­ron; for­mer com­man­der of the Is­rael Navy Eliezer Marom; Avriel Bar-Yosef, for­mer deputy head of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil; Brig.-Gen. (res.) Shai Brosh; for­mer min­is­ter Modi Zand­berg; and David Sharan, for­mer chief of staff of the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice.

The find­ings re­leased by the po­lice on Thurs­day are as fol­lows:

Dur­ing the rel­e­vant pe­riod, Avriel Bar-Yosef served as the di­rec­tor of the Knes­set For­eign Af­fairs and De­fense Com­mit­tee and later served as deputy head of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. Po­lice sus­pect that Bar-Yosef helped Miki Ganor, with the as­sis­tance of Eliezer Marom, to be­come the Is­raeli rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Ger­man cor­po­ra­tion ThyssenKrupp, re­plac­ing the for­mer rep­re­sen­ta­tive Shaike Barkat. Marom re­ceived sums of money from Ganor un­der the dis­guise of con­sult­ing ser­vices, al­legedly pro­vided to Ganor, amount­ing to NIS 600,000.

Bar-Yosef then al­legedly acted within the frame­work of his du­ties to pro­mote the pur­chases of sub­marines and re­ceived fees from the com­pany, ei­ther di­rectly or through his close as­so­ciate and friend Shai Brosh.

Brosh, a pri­vate busi­ness­man dur­ing the rel­e­vant pe­riod, was in­ten­tion­ally in­tro­duced by Bar-Yosef to act as a me­di­a­tor be­tween him­self and Ganor dur­ing the sub­ma­rine pur­chase trans­ac­tion, not to blow the con­nec­tion be­tween the two. Ganor and Brosh signed an agree­ment in the amount of 120,000 eu­ros, which was in­tended to cover the trans­fer of the bribe money, po­lice sus­pect.

Bar-Yosef, Brosh and Marom are sus­pected of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, and con­spir­ing to com­mit a crime. Brosh and Marom will also have to de­fend them­selves against money laun­der­ing of­fenses and other lesser charges.

David Shim­ron, us­ing his sta­tus and close af­fil­i­a­tion with the prime min­is­ter and pub­lic of­fi­cials, is sus­pected of act­ing on Ganor’s be­half as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Ger­man cor­po­ra­tion to pro­mote the deal be­tween Is­rael and the cor­po­ra­tion. Shim­ron al­legedly re­ceived NIS 270,000 in stages for “open­ing doors” and in­flu­enc­ing pub­lic em­ploy­ees to pro­mote Ganor’s busi­ness in the pur­chase of the sub­marines. The pay­ments were de­fined as a “re­ward for suc­cess.”

Po­lice sus­pect Shim­ron of bribery and money laun­der­ing.

For­mer min­is­ter Modi Zand­berg al­legedly pro­moted Ganor’s busi­ness as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Ger­man cor­po­ra­tion in Is­rael, while serv­ing as chair­man of the United Is­rael Ap­peal (Keren Hayesod). Zand­berg al­legedly also took ad­van­tage of his past and present po­si­tions to “open doors” for Ganor, and re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from em­ploy­ees and elected of­fi­cials in con­nec­tion with the sub­ma­rine trans­ac­tions. In ex­change, Zand­berg re­ceived NIS 100,000 from Ganor over sev­eral pay­ments.

Po­lice sus­pect that David Sharan, who served as chief of staff of then fi­nance min­is­ter Yu­val Steinitz and later as chief of staff of the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice, also acted in fa­vor of Ganor’s in­ter­ests in the sub­ma­rine trans­ac­tions and re­ceived NIS 130,000 from him be­tween 2013 and 2016. The pay­ments were made through a busi­ness­men close to Sharan in an ef­fort to dis­guise the con­nec­tion be­tween the two.

In ad­di­tion, Sharan is sus­pected of rais­ing funds for the elec­tion cam­paign of Steinitz in 2012.

Zand­berg and Sharan are ac­cused of bribery, fraud, breach of trust. Sharan also has con­spir­acy to com­mit a crime, money laun­der­ing and of­fenses un­der the Elec­tions Law charges against him.

(Flash90)

CLOCK­WISE FROM top left: Shai Brosh, Avriel Bar-Yosef, David Shim­ron, David Sharan, Eliezer Marom and Modi Zand­berg.

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