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Avigdor Lieberman to Be Indicted
by Stephen Lendman
April 12, 2011
It explained he represents the worst of
Israel's lunatic fringe, sort of a combination Dick Cheney/John
McCain/Joe Lieberman, too extremist to be entrusted with power, but he's
Robert Fisk once said he "out-Sharons even Ariel Sharon.
(He's) talked of drowning Palestinians in the Dead Sea or executing
Israeli Palestinians who talked to Hamas. (His) incendiary language
(promotes) executions....drownings....hell and loyalty oaths," perfect
for the role he assumed, allied with Israel's most extremist ever Prime
Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who also out-Sharons Sharon, no easy feat
by any means.
Israel under Netanyahu/Lieberman institutionalized
racism in its worst form - potential expulsion or extermination. Gideon
Levy called him a "nightmare (who's) here and now. (Extremist Rabbi
Meir) Kahane is alive and kicking - is he ever - in the person of his
He promotes "hatred for Arabs, hatred of
democracy and the rule of law, and the stink of nationalism, racism and
bloodthirstiness. (He's) the voice of the mob, and the mob craves
hatred, vengeance and bloodshed."
He's a malignancy on the body
politic, a "cancerous growth (throughout) society, (a dangerous,
embarrassing) abomination," one step removed from being Prime Minister.
An unnamed Meretz party member once said "If you liked Mussolini,
if you were missing Stalin, you'll love Lieberman."
him offensive to basic ethics and morality, and a threat to the rule of
law and democratic freedoms. In a word, he's bad news for Israel,
Palestinians, the region, humanity, and Judaic values he defiles with
Deploring peace, he says those for it "should prepare
for war and be strong." He also believes "tensions within the Muslim
world are 95 to 98 percent of all the problems of the Middle East, (the)
Israeli-Palestinian conflict account(ing) for two percent."
2006, malfeasance investigations began. On August 2, 2009, police gave
prosecutors evidence of fraud, accepting a bribe, money laundering,
embezzlement, and obstruction of justice, recommending he be indicted.
Others agree he's corrupt. On May 24, 2010, Israeli police also
recommended charging him with Breach of Trust for receiving classified
information about his criminal investigation.
September 24, 2001, in Jerusalem District Court, he admitted attacking a
12-year old boy in December 1999 in the Nokdim settlement who'd hit his
son. Charged with assaulting and threatening him, he was convicted, but
copped a plea for a fine to avoid harsher punishment.
times, he said publicly he'll resign as Foreign Minister, Deputy Prime
Minister, and Israeli Beiteinu leader, but only after a hearing if he
agrees to one.
On April 11, Jerusalem Post writer Ron Friedman
headlined, "Lieberman indictment expected by end of week," saying:
"Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein was expected to" indict him for
fraud, breach of trust, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.
The same day, Haaretz writer Amir Oren headlined, "Liebeman to be
served draft indictment for graft in next 24 hours," saying:
He'll be indicted on the above charges and "be granted (the) right to a
hearing before" charges are filed. If he chooses one, he won't have to
resign his posts. However, if he doesn't "to prevent exposing his line
of defense....an indictment will be served against him which may bear
serious consequences to his role" in government.
investigations and intelligence division head Yoav Segalovich
recommended indictment, his case continued for over 18 months.
Segalovich wants him charged with bribery, fraud, money laundering,
breach of trust, witness harassment, and obstruction of justice.
Police believe he got over ten million New Israeli Shekels (NIS) in
bribes from Martin Schlaff, Michael Chernoy, and other businessmen. He
then laundered the money through shell companies and fictitious overseas
Police also recommended he be accused of breach
of trust, relating to Israel's former ambassador to Belarus, Ze'ev Ben
Aryeh, who showed him "secret documents from the investigation against"
In negotiations with Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein,
bribery accusations may have been dropped, what's not known for sure
until indictment specifics are announced. However, for money laundering
alone, he can receive 10 years in prison, plus more if convicted on all
charges. For one of Israel's worst, life without parole would be too
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A previous article profiled him in-depth, accessed through the following
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