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Is­rael: sub­ma­rine case

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JERUSALEM: Is­raeli po­lice say they have de­tained two prom­i­nent lawyers for ques­tion­ing over the coun­try’s pur­chase of German sub­marines.

Po­lice spokesman Micky Rosen­feld wouldn’t iden­tify them by name yesterday. But Is­raeli me­dia re­ported one was David Shim­ron, Prime Min­is­ter Benjamin Netanyahu’s per­sonal at­tor­ney, who has long been linked to the af­fair. The other was said to be an­other Netanyahu con­fi­dante.

Netanyahu is not a sus­pect in the case, but it has en­gulfed his as­so­ci­ates. It re­lates to a pos­si­ble con­flict of in­ter­est in­volv­ing a $2 billion pur­chase of German sub­marines. Shim­ron, who is also Netanyahu’s cousin, rep­re­sented the German firm in­volved and is sus­pected of trad­ing his in­flu­ence in re­turn for a hefty cut of the deal. A former cab­i­net min­is­ter and top former se­cu­rity of­fi­cials have also been ques­tioned. – AP

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