Police inquiry regarding submarine affair officially becomes criminal investigation

Just as reported earlier this month by JOL, the Israeli Attorney General and the government’s legal advisor announced today that the Israel Police inquiry into the submarine affair will become a criminal investigation after finding evidence that raised reasonable suspicion against several of those involved in conducting public corruption offenses.
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Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced this evening (Monday) that he has decided to turn the Israel Police inquiry into case file 3000, the submarine affair, into a criminal investigation. Earlier this month as reported by JOL, Madelblit announced plans for the transition into a criminal investigation. In an official statement, the Israeli Justice Ministry wrote that the intensive inquiry into the matter raised suspicion of criminal offenses conducted by several of those involved in the ordeal, who will be questioned under caution over the next few days.

It is important to note that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not considered a person of interest at the moment. “The State Attorney General decided today, along with the government’s legal advisor, to instruct a move from an inquiry towards an investigation into the submarine affair,” read the Israeli Justice Ministry’s statement.

According to the statement, the decision was made following information that was collected by the Israel Police during their inquiry over the past few months. Apparently, the collected evidence “raised reasonable suspicion against several of those involved in conducting public corruption offenses.”

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