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Finance Ministry Accountant General Yaron Zelicha
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Security outside accountant general’s home
Life of Finance Ministry’s Yaron Zelicha threatened; wife files complaint with police, Financial Crimes Investigation unit launches probe
Security officers have been stationed outside the home of the Finance Ministry's Accountant General Yaron Zelicha Monday morning following threats he claimed he received on his life and the life of his family members.

 

Zelicha has claimed on numerous occasions that he was subject to threats, however he refused to elaborate.

 

“I will tell those who need to know in the police investigation, and I hope there will be a judge and justice. I feel threatened and persecuted,” he said at a special Knesset meeting.

 

Zelicha’s wife filed a complaint with the police on Sunday. The complaint was passed to the police’s Financial Crimes Investigation Unit, which then swiftly began investigating the matter. Meanwhile, security was sent to Zelicha’s home in Jerusalem.

 

Zelicha’s name has recently been connected to several Finance Ministry affairs being reviewed by the state comptroller and the attorney general.

 

One such affair was the Bank Leumi tender affair, which according to Zelicha, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert tried to divert as finance minister.

 

Olmert recently admitted that during his time as finance minister, he wanted to dismiss Zelicha from his position. Current Finance Minister Abraham Hirchson also refrained from dismissing Zelicha, but he did limit his steps.

 

“The State of Israel is more corrupt than it looks to the outside observer,” Zelicha recently said. “Many have spoken out recently against those fighting corruption claiming that we are making a mountain out of a mole hill.

 

"These same people are using their good reputation in order to testify that they have not encountered any unacceptable norms. This is practically the modern version of The Three Monkeys."

 

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