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Police recommend indictment for 6 officials in the 3000 case



Israeli police announced on Thursday that there is enough evidence to bring an indictment against six suspects in the 3000 case,
an investigation into the acquisition of submarines and patrol boats from Germany from Israel.

Sixteen suspects include senior IDF officers and close associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: David Shimron's lawyer,
the personal attorney of the prime minister and his relative;
former deputy national security adviser Brig. Gene. (res.) Avril Bar Yosef;
the former commander of the Navy May. Gene. (ed.) Eliezer Marom;
former minister and current president Keren Hayesod, Eliezer Sandberg;
former Head of Mission PMO David Sharan;
and Brig. Gene. (res.) Shai Brosh.

ThyssenKrupp shipyard in Kiel (Photo: EPA)

ThyssenKrupp shipyard in Kiel (Photo: EPA)

Police did not recommend accusing lawyer Yitzhak Molchou,
another close associate of Netanyahu who had been questioned about the case.

In the 3000 case, the police investigated the purchase of three submarines and four patrol boats for the Israeli navy from the German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp.

Miki Ganor (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

Miki Ganor (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

Investigators investigated a number of public officials, businessmen and senior politicians and military officers about suspicion of bribes, fraud and breaches of trust and money laundering, among other offenses committed between 2009 and 2017.

According to a police investigation, 2009, a representative of ThyssenKruppa in Israel, Brig. Gene. (res.) Yeshayahu Bareket, unexpectedly replaced by entrepreneur Miki Ganor,
which was a driving force behind alleged offenses.

David Shimron

David Shimron

The police suspect that some older officers were involved in replacing Baretta, expecting Ganor to return for their help.

In July 2017, Ganor signed an agreement on the testimony of the state,
under which they will be charged and convicted for criminal offenses, serve 12 months and pay a fine of 10 million NIS. The state has dismissed all the other charges against him, making him the chief witness in that case, who was involved in all the other suspects.

Ganor told the police that he was looking for links with various senior officials in the hope of agreeing to take bribe for him in exchange for helping to improve ThyssenKrupp's interest in Israel.

Eliezer Marom (Photo: Elad Gershgoren)

Eliezer Marom (Photo: Elad Gershgoren)

He reconstructed the help of other suspects in one of three ways: by contacting a civil servant with the promise to promote his private projects after the officer retired from the public service (as he did with Maroma); by transferring money to the decision-maker through intermediaries (as David Sharan and Avriel Bar Yosef did); or "employing" his associates as "consultants" under fictitious contracts (such as working with Eliezer Sandberg and David Shimronome).

David Sharan (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

David Sharan (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

In July 2017, the police received three documents that pointed out that the Germans were aware of Ganor's methods. Documents include a clause called "Useful Costs" for Israeli officials and officers – in other words, the bribe.

The police also recommended accusing other, less senior officials suspected of the case: strategic advisers Tzachi Lieber
and Nati Mor;
Rami Tayeb,
Political Adviser to Minister Yuval Steinitz; lawyer Dov Hirsch; and former Deputy National Security Adviser Atalya Rosenbaum.

Shai Brosh (Photo: Shaul Golan)

Shai Brosh (Photo: Shaul Golan)

After police briefing, attorney David Shimron
He said he was not happy but I was not worried. In the end, it is not the police, but the prosecution that decides (will be accused). Because I did not commit any offense, I believe this case will be closed. "

Attorneys attending Avriera Bar Yosef and Eliezer Sandberg both state they are confident the prosecution will decide to accuse their clients.

Avriel Bar Yosef (Photo: Orel Cohen)

Avriel Bar Yosef (Photo: Orel Cohen)

In light of the police's recommendation to accuse close Netanyahu's associates, opposition leader Tzipi Livni, leader of the Zionist Union Avi Gabbay and Yesh Atida Yair Lapid, have called for the resignation of the prime minister.

Eliezer Sandberg (Photo: Shaul Golan)

Eliezer Sandberg (Photo: Shaul Golan)

Moshe Ya'onon, who was then the defense minister and gave his testimony in that case, called on the police to question Netanyahu.

Netanyahu's Likudian Party said that "attempts on the left wing to set up a submarine on Prime Minister Netanyahu dispersed in front of reality." We are sorry Lapid and Gabbay, whose desperate hopes of replacing Netanyahu with fake statements once more vanished. "

Eli Senyor, Yuval Karni, Eitan Glickman and Tova Tzimuki contributed to this story.


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