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        1/2/2012, Tevet 7, 5772

      Barak: I Accept the Comptroller's Findings


      Defense Minister Ehud Barak told the Knesset's State Control Committee, Monday morning, that he accepts the findings of the state comptroller regarding the transfer of government funds to companies he held before his current tenure. The comptroller determined that days before the appointment, Barak acted against public norms expected of a minister or a nominee.

      Barak said, "The companies accumulated rights over the years, and payments which had not been collected for past activity prior to my appointment as minister. The transfer of the companies to my daughters was made in good faith and transparency. After the appointment all operations ceased except for collecting money. All money was recorded, reported and taxed according to law. Money withdrawn to me personally after the appointment was done so under permits issued by the committee under its authority."