The state announced, Thursday, that State Prosecutor Moshe Lador has decided to close the "Cyril Kern" corruption case against Gil'ad Sharon, the son of former prime minister Ariel Sharon. The announcement came during a hearing on Gil'ad's petition to the Supreme Court to make the state declare what it was going to do in the case. About two years ago, the state announced it was going to indict Gil'ad on a charge of brokering a bribe and seek other charges against his brother Omri.
The charges stem from a loan of $1.5 million dollars received by Ariel Sharon from Kern, a South African businessman, to pay back illegal campaign contributions for internal Likud elections. Kern was allegedly a front man for Austrian businessman Martin Schlaff, who had economic interests in Israel. It was also claimed that Schlaff transferred three million dollars to members of the Sharon family, half of which Gil'ad returned to Kern. The investigation hit a snag when Ariel Sharon fell into a coma and it became difficult to interview foreign residents and citizens. Gil'ad Sharon filed the petition in November, claiming the lack of a decision was causing him harm, noting that the police investigation was opened in 2012.