Bezeq scandal: Communications Ministry chief under house arrest for alleged securities fraud

Shlomo Filber, the director-general of the Israel's Communications Ministry, was placed under house arrest for two weeks over allegations of securities improprieties.
Elovitch (left), Filber Photo credit: Channel 2 News

Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder of Bezeq, Israel's largest telecommunications group, and Shlomo Filber, the director-general of the Israel's Communications Ministry, were placed under house arrest on Thursday, following a highly-critical report by the State Comptroller accusing them of securities violations.

Filber is suspected of providing Bezeq with classified documents containing information worth hundreds of millions of shekels for Elovich, who would allegedly make corrections in these documents and send them back to the ministry for approval.

Reportedly, the Israeli Securities Authority may have tapes of senior Bezeq officials admitting the contacts with Filber.

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After being questioned a second time, Filber was placed under house arrest for two weeks and prohibited from contacting the ministry.

The case has focused on alleged wrongdoing surrounding Bezeq's 2015 acquisition of shares in the satellite TV company YES from parent company Eurocom, which is owned by Elovitch.



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