Eran Malka, a former police superintendent, was found guilty of corruption in a Jerusalem court on Wednesday morning in connection with the on-going scandal surrounding a prominent laywer, Ronel Fisher.
Malka is expected to be dealt a sentence of several years in prison, despite his plea bargain in which he has agreed to testify against additional figures in the scandal.
One such figure is former deputy police commissioner Bruno Stein. The police official's identity was origianlly kept a secret when he was called in for questioning, but was revealed Wednesday morning.
Stein has been questioned for the last two days under suspicion of taking bribes from Fisher, who's accused of using his police connections to push through acquittals for his clients. Stein was released from questioning early Wednesday morning, and is currently under house arrest for three days.
Malka accused Stein of receiving bribes in the form of plane tickets for lavish vacations abroad.
Fisher and Malka are accused of accepting bribes, giving bribes, and receiving goods obtained through criminal and fraudulent means. Former Tel Aviv chief prosecutor Ruth David is also accused of receiving property through criminal means, and obstruction of justice.
Fisher would allegedly give his new clients access to information related to investigations, and make clear to them that he had connections within the police who could help them. In return, prosecutor Keren Altman argued recently, that the two received sums estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, "which they divided evenly."
Fisher was arrested last year, moments after taking possession of a suitcase filled with $150,000, that he said would be used to bribe police officers. The chairman of the Ashdod port workers union, Alon Hassan, was responsible for the lawyer's arrest in a sting operation led by the Police Investigation Department.
"Give me $150,000 and I will solve all your problems," Fisher allegedly told Hassan. When Hassan left the coffee house where the two had met, police swooped in to arrest Fisher.