Deri suspected of moneylaundering, breach of trust

Police investigated the minister for more than 11 hours on suspicions of breach of trust, theft and tax offences.

Nitzan Kedar ,

Aryeh and Yaffa Deri
Aryeh and Yaffa Deri
Jonathan Sindel,Flash 90

The investigation of Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, which took place Monday at the Lahav 433 police unit, lasted for 11 hours.

Police said that Deri was investigated on suspicions of "moneylaundering, breach of trust, theft by a public servant, false registration and tax offenses."

The investigation is a combined effort of police, the tax authorities and the anti-moneylaundering authority in the Justice Ministry.

Police also took 14 other people into custody together with Aryeh Deri and his wife with regard to the investigation. Among those taken into custody was the director-general of a government ministry.

The director-general is been investigated on suspicions of transferring money from a government office to an association headed by Deri's wife. This is an ancillary investigation to the main investigation regarding Deri's financial activities.

Channel 2 reported that the focus of the investigation is the land transactions conducted within the Deri family, including what may be an illegal transfer of a Kiryat Shaul building containing 5 apartments from Deri to his brother, attorney Shlomo Deri. The investigation also seeks to ascertain the financing of Deri's villa in the Galilee which was allegedly built with laundered money.

The investigation also involces German billionaire James Schlaff who allegedly transferred money to Deri's brother.