Sunday, August 02, 2009

Lieberman's Legal Issues

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has some legal issues:
"The police's National Fraud Squad recommended Sunday that Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman be indicted for serious crimes including money laundering, accepting bribes, obstruction of justice and harassing a witness. Lieberman is suspected of setting up a chain of front companies and bank accounts that allowed him to take in more than NIS 10 million. The investigation, spanning more than a decade, has been one of Israel's longest ever.

"The police also say they have accumulated enough evidence to bring charges against Lieberman's attorney, Yoav Many, and other people linked to the minister."

It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. If he's driven from office, what effect might it have on Yisrael Beiteinu? Although the party is tapping into a real strain of racist nationalism which has been growing in Israel, I'm not sure who else in the party would have the gravitas to head its list, or even to serve as foreign minister.



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