Key Suspects in Lands Authority Scandal Named

Aside from the corruption case involving Yisrael Beytenu members, parallel state fraud investigation makes surprising developments.

Orli Harari, Ari Yashar ,

Bentzi Liberman
Bentzi Liberman
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

It was released for publication on Saturday morning that Israel Lands Authority (ILA) director Bentzi Liberman, along with former MK Nahum Langental, are the two major figures involved in a recently released state corruption case - separate from the growing corruption case involving members of Yisrael Beytenu.

The two were released to house arrest last Thursday, after having been investigated at the offices of the police's Lahav 433 anti-corruption unit on suspicion of conflicts of interest, breaching confidence and fraud.

Liberman and Langental were given five days of house arrest after being investigated under warning for several long hours. They are forbidden from approaching their offices for 15 days.

According to the suspicion, Liberman abused his position to advance dealings connected to a construction company that he was employed at before receiving his post at ILA.

Police suspect that Liberman managed portfolios related to the company, and for his part Langental was a member of the company's management, a position he also is suspected of having abused.

Liberman is suspected of having breached conflict of interest regulations as stipulated by his position at the ILA by fielding the portfolios, without declaring that he had a conflict of interests as required by law.

Last week investigators for the national unit for fraud investigation entered the offices of the ILA director before bringing him in for questioning.