Israeli Interior Minister questioned for 7 hours, suspected of tax offenses

Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri was allowed to leave after 7 hours of questioning by the Israel Police. The minister is suspected of tax offenses, fraud and breach of trust and his wife is also suspected of involvement in the affair.
Deri Photo credit: Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

Today (Monday), Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri was allowed to leave after being questioned for 7 hours. Deri is suspected of tax offenses, fraud and breach of trust and his wife Yaffa has also been questioned several times.

Last month, upon arriving to his previous investigation, Deri stated: “We have no doubt that everything will be fine.” The investigation is being coordinated by the Israel Police, the Tax Authority and the Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority.

Yaffa Deri Photo credit: Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

The investigation against Deri is being conducted in two main directions. The first is related to the Mifalot Simcha organization, which is headed by his wife. There are 2 suspicions in relation to this- the first is that state funds were transferred to the organization knowingly and illegally at the initiative of the minister and the second is that donation funds were used for personal benefits. The second direction of the investigation concerns tax offenses committed in 2 real estate projects owned by Deri.



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