Channels

Photo: Shaul Golan
Shai Brosh in court
Photo: Shaul Golan
Former Shayetet 13 commander Shai Brosh questioned in submarine affair
Energy Minister Steinitz expected to be summoned to give his testimony after three of his close associates were arrested in connection with the case; Netanyahu's former political advisor Shalom Shlomo gives testimony to police.
Brig. Gen. (res.) Shai Brosh, the former commander of the elite naval commando unit Shayetet 13, is one of the six suspects who were arrested earlier this week in connection with the submarine affair, it was cleared for publication on Tuesday.

 

 

Brosh is suspected of receiving bribes and of breach of trust.

 

Brosh's lawyer, appointed by the court from the Public Defender's Office, claimed Monday his client had no connection to the alleged corruption being investigated, and that he was arrested because he sought start a business with Ganor.

 

Brosh, right, in court (Photo: Shaul Golan)
Brosh, right, in court (Photo: Shaul Golan)

 

The lawyer added Brosh eventually decided against starting a business with Ganor, as he felt Ganor was not being honest with him. Ganor, the lawyer said, compensated Brosh for damages incurred by his dealings with him as part of an agreement mediated by attorney David Shimron, a main suspect in the submarine affair.

 

Police seized computers and phones from Brosh's home and his remand was extended until Wednesday.

 

Netanyahu's former advisor testifies in case

Political advisor Shalom Shlomo arrived at the police's Lahav 433 Investigations Unit to give his testimony in connection with the case.

 

Shlomo served as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's advisor from 2006-2009 and currently works for Education Minister Naftali Bennett.

 

Shalom Shlomo arriving at Lahav 433 offices to give his testimony (Photo: Avi Mualem)
Shalom Shlomo arriving at Lahav 433 offices to give his testimony (Photo: Avi Mualem)

 

He was asked to provide his testimony in light of information provided to the police by state witness Miki Ganor. He is currently not considered a suspect in the case.

 

Steinitz might give testimony 

Police are also expected to summon Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud) to provide his testimony after three of his close associates were arrested in connection with the case.

 

Sources close to Steinitz said he was shocked by the allegations against his close associates, adding he heard about them for the first time from the media.

 

"His integrity has never been called into question, and it is well known," one source said. "If he is summoned to give testimony, he will do as required."

 

Minister Yuval Steinitz (Photo: AFP) (Photo: AFP)
Minister Yuval Steinitz (Photo: AFP)

 

The sources noted Steinitz had no connection to the corruption allegations. "He was a member of cabinet when the decision to purchase the submarines was made, but he wasn't the finance minister at the time. It's true that he supported the acquisition. His position was known, and he wrote articles about the importance of increasing the Navy's strength."

 

Among the suspects arrested this week was also Rami Tayeb, a political advisor to Steinitz. Tayeb is suspected of mediating bribes between a businessman and a sitting public official.

 

Tayeb, who has been working with Steinitz for many years and is considered a well-known figure in the Likud party, is also suspected of receiving bribes, money laundering and obstruction of justice. His remand was extended by three days on Monday.

 

Rami Tayed, political adviser to Minister Steinitz (Photo: Dana Kopel)
Rami Tayed, political adviser to Minister Steinitz (Photo: Dana Kopel)

 

"Rami is the one who helped Steinitz make connections within the party, organized meetings with activists for him," a Likud official said.

 

On Monday, strategic advisor Eli Kamir was also summoned to give testimony in the case.

 

Gilad Morag contributed to this story.

 


פרסום ראשון: 09.05.17, 11:09
 new comment
See all talkbacks "Former Shayetet 13 commander Shai Brosh questioned in submarine affair"
Warning:
This will delete your current comment