Israeli police announced on Thursday that they had found enough evidence to blame Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's lawyer and assistant David Shimron for facilitating bribery.
The police also recommended the incarceration of former head of Netanyahu's office, David Sharan, former navy chief Eliezer Marom, and two ex-navy generals on similar bribery in the so-called underwater business, known as by Case 3000.
The police said the evidence was insufficient to accuse Netanyahu's other lawyer, Issac Molho.
The so-called submarine business revolves around alleged corruption that surrounds a $ 2 billion deal for the acquisition of submarines and other naval vessels from the German manufacturer ThyssenKrupp.
Israel's police defeat the guardian of the deepest and darkest secrets of Netanyahu
Michael Ganor, the former representative of Israel's ThyssenKrupp submarine manufacturer, turned the state's evidence into this case. Ganor served in the fleet with Brig. Gender. (res) Avriel Bar-Yosef, who also recommended the police to accuse.
With the conclusion of the investigation, these are the magnitude of police recommendations:
The police said they had found enough evidence to charge Shimron with bribery, as well as the crimes of fraudulently acquiring goods in aggravating circumstances and money laundering.
Shimron, a cousin and personal attorney of Netanyahu, was the builder of the German ship in Israel. Shimron is the partner of Issac Molho, a confederate of the Netanyahu family and a lawyer for the prime minister and his wife.
Police suspect that Shimron acted as a link with Ganor to promote an agreement between Israel and ThyssenKrupp, while "obviously using his status and relationship with the prime minister when dealing with government and civil servants," including legal advisers to the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Economy "and his partner in law firm, Isaac Molho, also served as a consultant and special issuer of Netanyahu for diplomatic affairs – contrary to his obligation to resolve the conflict of interest of the law firm .
In return for his work for Ganor, Shimron received a "success fee" on several beats to a total of 270,000 shekels, the police statement said.
The police said that these payments were "actually granted" for "opening doors" and influencing civil servants to promote Ganor's interests in the business of acquiring ships. "
Shimron is also suspected of acting to promote Ganor's interests in a separate business involving fundraising from the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development in a Swiss bank account.
The law firm Shimron, Molho, and Persky also provided legal services to Netanyahu Sara's prime minister and wife Likud.
Netanyahu himself was initially questioned about this business in June, but was liquidated as a suspect in that case.
Brig. Gender. (ret.) Avriel Bar-Yosef
The police said they had found enough evidence to blame Bar-Yosef for bribery, fraud, breach of trust and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Bar-Yosef, who served as Deputy Chief of the CNS, served as the Director of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee between 2004 and 2009. He served for 25 years in the Israeli Defense Forces where his last army post was head of the Navy equipment division.
Bar-Yosef was appointed in 2016 by Netanyahu as national security advisor and chief of the National Security Council, but the other later announced that he would give up this job.
According to suspicions, Bar-Yosef offered Ganor to become a representative of the German corporation, acting to advance shipbuilding acquisitions and demanding payment from Ganor.
Maj. Gender. (ret.) Eliezer Marom
The police said he had found enough evidence to blame Marom for bribery, fraud, trust and conspiracy for committing a crime, money laundering and tax offenses.
According to suspicions, Marom acted with Bar-Yosef to name Ganor as the representative of ThyssenKrupp and treated the purchase agreements as the commander of the Navy between 2007 and 2011.
The police also believe that after being released from the army, Marom received funds from Ganor worth 120,000 euros.
The police said they had found enough evidence to charge Sharan, who headed Netanyahu's office between 2014 and 2016, through bribery, fraud, breach of trust, conspiracy to commit a crime, money laundering, and crimes in the Finance Act campaign.
In 1999, Sharan was advisor to Yuval Steinitz, who then chaired the Knesset Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense. When Steinitz was appointed finance minister in 2009, Sharan was his chief of staff.
In addition, the police recommended Brig's loading. Gen res. Shai Brosh and former Minister Eliezer Zandberg with bribery, fraud and breach of trust, as well as conspiracy to commit a crime, money laundering and tax offenses in the case of Brosh.
The answer of the suspects
Shimron, responding to the police statement, said that "it is very simple – since I did not commit any offense, according to my assessment and my legal advisers, this case will not be an indictment."
He said he still did not read the police recommendations and added that saying he was not "troubled would be vain and arrogant, but I am one hundred percent sure of my innocence."
Bar-Yosef's lawyer, Jack Chen, said the police statement was "tempted by the same tendency that characterized the whole test. We have no doubt that a serious and practical inspection of the facts by the State Prosecutor's Office will show his immaculate behavior bar-Yosef.
Molho said he was sure the investigation would not lead to anything and repeated the statement that he was not involved in the matter.