Breaking: Lieberman may be forced to resign over 'minor' breach of trust charge
Despite all the 'serious' charges against him dropped, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may be 'forced' to resign
because he has been indicted on the relatively 'minor' charge of breach of trust at the conclusion of a six-
(you read that correctly) investigation.
The state prosecution announced on Thursday
that it would indict Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on breach of
trust and fraud charges, but that the major claims of obstruction of
justice and money laundering would be dropped.
The question now is whether Liberman will be
forced to step down over the indictment. Liberman reportedly said two
years ago that he would quit if he was charged in the main case,
involving overseas shell companies. An Israel Radio analyst said it was
likely Liberman would leave office ahead of upcoming elections.
Liberman was instead indicted on breach of
trust and fraud charges for receiving classified Justice Ministry
documents related to his investigation from former ambassador to
Belarus, Ze’ev Ben Aryeh.
In recent weeks, reports leaked that the
prosecution plans to drop the main charges and settle for an indictment
on the breach of trust case alone.
According to a Channel 2 report on Wednesday
night, the prosecution decided to drop the more substantial part of the
case after a key witness intimated that she would withdraw her testimony
and take the stand in favor of Liberman. Other potential witnesses have
either died since the launch of the investigation or have refused to
I'm not a big Lieberman fan. But isn't it odd that just a couple of weeks ago, we were talking about former Prime Minister Ehud K. Olmert running for office
despite his conviction for breach of trust.
Why the double standard?
And why are politics in this country so corrupt that breach of trust is considered a 'minor' charge?
Labels: Avigdor Lieberman, corruption, Ehud K. Olmert, Knesset elections 2013