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Former IDF general, Netanyahu confidant questioned in corruption scandal

6 arrested in submarine corruption case An Israel Navy submarine. 6 arrested in submarine corruption case
Ellis Copeland | 13 July, 2017, 10:27

"The Submarine Affair", or "Case 3000" deals with the alleged corruption probe regarding the Israeli government's purchase of three submarines from the German ThyssenKrupp company.

The Israeli Police investigation of suspected corruption in the purchase of submarines from Germany surfaced again in the local media on Wednesday, with fresh allegations of document shredding, tax evasion and a ban on German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp from communicating with its office in Israel.

A court ruling late Monday ordered Bar-Yosef's detention along with two other suspects: Michael Ganor, a former defense official and the Israeli representative of ThyssenKrup, and Ronen Shemer, an attorney who works with Ganor.

The deal came under scrutiny in November 2016, when accusations were made that Shimron may have influenced Netanyahu's decision to award the contract to ThyssenKrupp, for whom he served as an adviser.

The Israeli-German deals came under intense scrutiny late a year ago, after it was revealed by Channel 10 news that Netanyahu's lawyer Shimron had also served in an advisory capacity for ThyssenKrupp, which was awarded the contracts for building Israel's submarines and naval attack boats.

In June, the German magazine Der Spiegel reported that the German National Security Council approved the purchase of the three submarines by Israel.

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Shimron, who is under house arrest, also acts as the lawyer for Ganor, who was arrested on Monday on suspicion of bribery, money laundering, fraud and conspiracy.

Netanyahu is now not a suspect, but is still contending with other corruption investigations known as Cases 1000 and 2000.

Police suspect Shimron was hired by the Germans because of his ties to Netanyahu so he could push the deal through.

While Netanyahu has denied any knowledge of his cousin's involvement, he has been drawn, however, into a parallel political scandal following allegations by his former defence minister Moshe Ya'alon.

Ya'alon - who has already given his own witness statement to police in the affair - last month threatened to go public with what he said was his own knowledge of wrongdoing by senior political figures in the deal.

Officials have launched a separate investigation into Netanyahu for expensive gifts he received from the Israeli businessman and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan. The Times of Israel reported Tuesday that while that is still believed to be true, police are planning to summon the prime minister to testify.

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