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Lieberman Questioned in Ambassador Affair

Police considering confronting Lieberman with his former deputy, Danny Ayalon, in order to amend Lieberman's indictment.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 12/26/2012, 12:12 AM

Avigdor Lieberman
Avigdor Lieberman
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Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was questioned under warning for 40 minutes on Tuesday evening, several hours after he took part in the Likud Beytenu's campaign launch.

Lieberman is suspected of having suggested in December 2009 that the government name Ambassador Ze'ev Ben Aryeh, the former ambassador to Belarus, to a post in another country, despite the fact that -- according to the evidence presented -- he knew that he had done wrong in passing along secret information, including details of a police enquiry against Lieberman.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein had announced his decision to indict Lieberman in the case, resulting in Lieberman's resignation. On Sunday the Justice Ministry announced the investigation was re-opened following media reports that "Lieberman may have been involved in the appointment of the ambassador at a level exceeding that which was attributed to him by the facts in the indictment."

It was reported Tuesday evening that the police is considering confronting Lieberman with his former deputy, Danny Ayalon, in order to understand whether Lieberman intervened in the proceedings for the appointment of Ben Aryeh.

Testimony given by Ayalon has indicated that Lieberman was not only aware of the expected appointment but also worked and pushed for the appointment to be approved at the Appointments Committee of the Foreign Ministry.

This testimony, along with testimonies by other members of the committee, may result in Lieberman's indictment in the affair being amended and perhaps even worsened.