The Israeli court has extended the remand of two main suspects of the submarine affair, Miki Ganor and Avriel Bar-Yosef. Ganor is expected to become a state witness.


Ganor Photo credit: Channel 2 News

Today (Thursday), Miki Ganor’s remand was extended by a day and he is expected to be released tomorrow morning. This might indicate that there has been significant progress to make him a state witness. Ganor is the Israeli businessman who brokered the deal with Germany.

In addition, the court decided to extend the remand of former Deputy Head of the National Security Council Avriel Bar-Yosef, also a suspect in the submarine affair. According to the judge, since the last hearing there have been significant developments in the investigation.


Shomron Photo credit: Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

Yesterday, it was reported that Ganor claimed that Attorney David Shomron, closely associated with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, promised him that three German submarines will be purchases without a tender. Ganor added that all of Shomron’s promises came true and he even paid him a fee for his work, promising a much higher payment if the deal would end up going through.

Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced the establishment of a committee that will establish regulations for IDF and defense establishment retirees in dealing with the defense establishment on procurement transactions, communications, security tenders and research and development. The committee is expected to present its conclusions to Lieberman within four months.