Senior Beit Shemesh officials detained in probe

Police raid Beit Shemesh city hall, arrest 10 over bribery suspicions.

Tzvi Lev ,

Beit Shemesh city hall
Beit Shemesh city hall
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Police arrested ten senior officials from the Beit Shemesh municipality in an early morning raid on Sunday. Authorities ransacked Beit Shemesh city hall and conducted searches in suspects' private homes.

Police said they are investigating senior Beit Shemesh officials over suspicions of bribery and breach of trust. The probe centers around allegations that officials converted a building destined for use by a Yeshiva to a private residential complex.

The investigation is a being conducted in cooperation with the Tax Authority and the Jerusalem District Attorney's office.

The Israel Police said that it would "continue to investigate and expose improper processes, in a conflict of interest, and to seek and reach any place where there is suspicion of public corruption that harms government and normative citizens."