The mayor of a city in northern Israel has been arrested alongside three other suspects for corruption charges, Ynet has learned on Tuesday.
The Magistrates' Court in Rishon Lezion remanded current Or Aqiva Mayor and former minister for the now-defunct Kadima party Yaakov Edri for six more days.
Edri, who also served as a Likud lawmaker before joining Kadima, is suspected of offenses of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. He and the other suspects were arrested Tuesday morning in a raid by Police's anti-fraud unit after a year-long investigation.
Other suspects include a former senior government official as well as municipal workers.
According to police, suspects have allegedly abused their positions to sell off tenders and permits in exchange for money among other benefits in violation of the law and in violation of the public interest.
Police investigators searched the suspects' offices and confiscated documents and computers. Nine more people suspected to be involved in the case were brought in for questioning by police.