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Netanyahu's Lawyer, Ex-Navy Chief Named as Suspects in German Submarine Probe

Sputnik News

12:15 12.07.2017(updated 12:30 12.07.2017)

Attorney David Shimron, a personal lawyer to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Adm. Eliezer Merom, a former commander of the Israeli Navy, were questioned within the ongoing investigation into government contracts to purchase submarines from the German ThyssenKrupp company, media reported Wednesday.

TEL AVIV (Sputnik) – According to The Jerusalem Post newspaper, Shimron and Merom were detained by the police earlier this week, questioned and placed under house arrest.

Shimron worked as an intermediary for Miki Ganor, the Israeli representative of the German shipbuilder, and he is suspected of bribery while pushing to acquire submarines under conditions which were skewed more favorable for ThyssenKrupp, the media outlet said.

Marom, who commanded the Navy from 2007 to 2011, is suspected of having received bribes from Ganor.

According to reports, Israeli police have detained a total of seven individuals to be questioned over their suspected involvement in the corruption scandal surrounding the government's purchase of submarines, involving instances of money laundering and tax evasion.

The investigation into the 2014 multi-billion dollar deal began in November 2016. Netanyahu himself is not being investigated for possible wrongdoing.

Israel possesses five German-built, diesel-electric powered submarines in its army, and has a contract signed to build a sixth.


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