The attorney general is expected to end proceedings against three suspects caught up in a case of alleged shell companies used by former foreign minister and Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman, Israel Radio reported on Thursday.
The three are Liberman’s daughter Michal, his former lawyer Yoav Mani, and Yisrael Beytenu campaign manager Sharon Shalom.
All were suspected in involvement in a case against Liberman that was eventually dropped by the state. He is still being prosecuted on charges of fraud and breach of trust in a related case involving an ambassadorial appointment.
Police suspected Liberman used shell companies to illegally receive funds while serving as a Knesset member. According to the case, between 1999 and 2006 millions of shekels were transferred to the foreign minister and his daughter by people in Israel and overseas.
The prosecutor decided to drop the charges at the end of November 2012, after the main witness reportedly dropped out, citing a lack of evidence.
Liberman was indicted last week on charges stemming from his alleged attempt to appoint Ayreh Ben Ze’ev ambassador to Latvia after Ben Ze’ev, then ambassador to Belarus, showed Liberman confidential material relating to the alleged illegal business dealings.
At the time, Israel Radio reported that charges against the three others involved in the alleged shell companies would be brought, pending a hearing.