Israel: Minister of Interior questioned again, suspected of corruption, tax offenses

Israeli Minister of Interior Aryeh Deri arrived at the police station for another investigation regarding crimes of which he is suspected. Last week, Deri and his wife were questioned for 6 hours. His wife’s organization is at the focus of one of the cases.
Deri Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

This morning (Wednesday), Israeli Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Shas party Aryeh Deri will be questioned again regarding the crimes of which he is suspected. This time, Deri’s wife won’t be present, despite being the director of an organization that is at the focus of one of the investigated cases.

“Continue to act with restraint and let the law enforcement agencies do their work,” Deri told his party last week. “They do their work and we cooperate and respect the investigation. I thank everyone for the tremendous encouragement and heartwarming support. I received thousands of messages of encouragement...My wife and I feel good.”

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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