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  6/7/2012, Sivan 17, 5772

State: No Evidence Ben-Eliezer was Bribed by Egypt


The Deputy State Prosecutor's Office decided, Thursday, not to open a criminal investigation against former minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer on suspicions, reported in Israeli and Egyptian media, that he acted as an advisor for former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and received a salary of tens of thousands of dollars a month. Hadar Regev of the Deputy State Prosecutor's Office wrote to Chief Executive Officer Shai Geffen of Eretz Yisrael Shelanu (Our Land of Israel/The Land of Israel is Ours) that the allegations were based on articles without foundation and therefore there was no basis for opening an investigation.

Geffen requested the probe three months ago in response to a claim by Mubarak, based on conversations with a senior Egyptian journalist, that he had a close relationship with Ben-Eliezer and paid him $25,000 a month from the presidential budget. Mubarak said the only one who knew about it was his office chief, Zakaria Azmi.