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        1/17/2012, Tevet 22, 5772

      Pre-Indictment Hearing for Avigdor Lieberman


      Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is scheduled to hold hearings Tuesday and Wednesday to determine whether or not to proceed with prosecuting Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on charges of fraud and breach of trust, aggravated acceptance of something through fraud, money laundering and harassing a witness. With Lieberman out of the country on a diplomatic mission, he will be represented by his attorneys

      Lieberman is suspected in the years 2008-2001, as a private businessman, and during his tenure as MK and minister, of unlawfully receiving funds totaling millions of dollars, transferred to companies and corporations under his control, from private businessmen from abroad, including Austrian tycoon Martin Schlaff, businessman Michael Chernoy, diamond merchant Dan Gertler and Daniel Gitenstein. At the end of the hearings, the prosecution will consult whether to proceed with indictments.