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December 31, 2012 1:12 pm

Former Foreign Minister Lieberman Officially Indicted in Corruption Case

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Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Yisrael Beytenu Chairman and former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was officially indicted on Sunday for fraud and breach of trust in the corruption case involving former Israeli Ambassador to Belarus Ze’ev Ben Aryeh, Israel Hayom repored.

The State Prosecutor’s Office filed the indictment at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court. The indictment was bolstered in such a way that makes it more likely that a conviction would include a moral turpitude designation, which could keep Lieberman out of politics for years.

Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court President Shlomit Dotan will soon decide whether the trial will be held before a single judge or a panel of three judges. Lieberman can serve as a Knesset member while on trial, but he cannot be appointed as a minister until a verdict is reached.

Upon resigning as foreign minister, Lieberman had said, “I have committed no offense but I wish to put behind me this issue, which is what remains of many years of investigation.”

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