Israeli Minister of Interior Aryeh Deri has been called to another round of questioning by the Israel Police investigating Deri and his wife for suspected tax offenses, fraud and money laundering. Deri in the past said he feels fine with the investigation and questioning.

Minister Aryeh Deri

Minister Aryeh Deri Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash90/Channel 2 News

This coming Tuesday, Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri will be questioned by police, again and it is believed this won’t be the last time in this investigation. Deri is expected to be invited more than once to the Lahav 433 Fraud Investigation Unit office regarding suspicions against him involving tax offenses, fraud and breach of trust.  

Earlier this month, Deri commented on the investigation for the first time over the radio, stating that “they do their work, I do my work. I feel safe.” Deri spoke about the questionings he had undergone and said he has great respect for the investigators. “I was there a few times and I answered the questions,” he repeated. 

Deri claimed during the interview that he felt safe in his position, and that the investigation itself is what contributed to that sense of security. The minister also referred to the claims published by Yisrael Hayom that Shas party members called on Eli Yishai to return and lead the party after Deri’s term, saying: “You probably know things that I do not know. I can say that I don’t suspect Eli Yishai will switch me.”

Deri and his wife are under investigation for two main offenses. The first issue concerns suspected tax offenses, fraud, and money laundering through real estate transactions, one of which was the transfer of a 5-apartment building in the Givat Shaul neighborhood of Jerusalem from Deri to his brother, allegedly purchased with unreported funds.

The house suspected of being used to launder money

The house suspected of being used to launder money Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

The second issue concerns the Mifalot Simha organization headed by Deri’s wife. While the organization runs schools and other institutions, it is suspected that donated funds are being criminally used.

The investigation is being jointly conducted by the Israel Police, the Income Tax Authority, the Tel Aviv Tax Authority and the Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority of the Ministry of Justice, all under the supervision of the Israel Attorney General.