Israel Police: Aryeh Deri suspected of money laundering

Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri was questioned for 11 hours and the Israel Police announced that serious allegations have been brought against him such as money laundering, fraud and infidelity, theft by authorized personnel and tax offenses.
Aryeh Deri is suspected of money laundering and infidelity Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Following an 11-hour questioning, the Israel Police brought allegations this evening (Monday) against Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri for money laundering, fraud and infidelity, theft by authorized personnel, false registration and tax offenses. Deri’s wife, Yaffa, was also questioned today and it seems that additional questioning will be necessary. “I fully participated and answered all of the investigators’ questions,” Deri declared at the end of his questioning. “As I stated, I have confidence in the law enforcement system and I call upon the public to be patient and respect the investigation. I will, G-d-willing, continue with full force and momentum in public action.”

Among the issues raised within the interrogation room was the suspicion that Deri received money from a billionaire even after returning to his political career. The events’ development apparently began when Deri was able to recruit the man nick-named “the oligarch” to invest in a fund managed by Israeli businessman Moshe Leon. The money was transferred to the fund, while Deri reaped the benefits of the agency fees. However, new information raised investigators’ suspicions that the very same businessman continued sending Deri money even after his return to politics.

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