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Thursday, December 13, 2012

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 testify.
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?

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At 7:57 PM, Blogger Redwood509 said...

The charge may be on technicality but this clever by half thug has a history and a record going back to thuggish time in the University of Tel-Aviv where he and Tzahi Hanegbi, later Minister of Police, were pretty violent on campus, this is the 70's. He is no innocent, nor much of a visionary, simply a demagogue who knew how to rally the Russian votes. His entire party is made out of nobodies and his disappearance could literally implode the party, there is nothing there.


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