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Israel Our Home Chairman Avigdor Lieberman Photo: AP
Israel Our Home Chairman Avigdor Lieberman Photo: AP
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz Photo: Gil Yohanan
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz Photo: Gil Yohanan

Mazuz orders to speed up Lieberman probe

Investigation against future minister has been going on for eight years, focuses on alleged illegal ties in Russia, suspicions of corruption

Aviram Zino
Published: 10.25.06, 00:40 / Israel News

Attorney general Menachem Mazuz has recently asked that the investigations of alleged offenses attributed to Israel Our Home Chairman Avigdor Lieberman be expedited. Ynet has learned that the intention is to wrap up the affair as soon as possible.


The probe against Lieberman focuses on illegal ties he allegedly held in Russia and suspicions of corruption in Israel Our Home's election
funding in 1999. Sources in the judiciary system estimate that Mazuz will speed up the investigation in the coming days.


In private discussions Mazuz explained that the investigation has taken longer than expected due to the need to conduct some of the probe abroad. The probe depends on a process called judicial inquiry, which is a request submitted to a foreign country in order to receive documents or information related to the investigation. This is a very complex proceeding, which requires time.


Lieberman's associates have in several occasions complained about the duration of the investigation, which has been going on for over eight years and which prevented Lieberman's appointment as internal security minister.


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