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  7/9/2013, Av 2, 5773

Prosecution: Convict Lieberman Without Ayalon Testimony


Closing arguments got underway, Tuesday morning, in the corruption trial of Member of Knesset Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beyteinu). The former foreign minister is accused of using undue influence in the appointment of former ambassador to Belarus Ze'ev Ben-Aryeh to a similar post in Latvia after Ben-Aryeh allegedly gave him information about other police investigations against him. Prosecutor Michal Darel said Lieberman should be convicted, even without the testimony of former deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon, noting that there was no difference in the indictments against Lieberman after Ayalon was added as a witness.

The prosecution summation is scheduled to last two weeks before it's the defense's turn. If Lieberman is convicted and sentenced to three months or more of jail time and the offense is deemed to be one of moral turpitude, he faces a seven-year ban on running for Knesset.