The Israel Police detained several senior-level businessmen as part of a large-scale money laundering investigation, including the chairman of Bezeq.

Billionaire Steinmetz

Billionaire Steinmetz Photo credit: Channel 2 News

This morning (Monday), the Israel Police detained five senior-level businessmen on suspicion of committing offenses against the money laundering prohibition act, document forging, fraud and breach of trust in a corporation, disrupting legal proceedings and bribery.

The Israeli court extended the arrest of 2 of the suspects, billionaire businessman Beny Steinmetz and strategic adviser Tal Zilberstein by 4 days, despite the 8 days requested by the Israel Police. The 2 are suspected of laundering a sum of approximately 10 million dollars to cover another crime- bribery of senior-level officials around the world in exchange for economic benefits.

Bezeq interim chairman Granot

Bezeq interim chairman Granot Photo credit: Globes/ Channel 2 News

Earlier, Bezeq Israel Telecom interim chairman David Granot was also detained as part of the investigation. The company released a statement claiming that it is not being investigated.