Police have obtained a lien on the home of Labor MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, who is facing an investigation into corruption and financial misconduct.
The legal move was made several days ago and is aimed at preventing Ben-Eliezer from selling the property in an effort to keep his assets beyond the reach of any future sequesters, the Haaretz daily reported on Monday.
In light of the police request, there are increasing indications that charges will be brought against the former defense minister.
According to the report, the beachfront property, located in Jaffa, was bought three years ago for NIS 9 million (a little over $2.5 million).
Ben-Eliezer is facing corruption allegations in addition to previous accusations of financial misconduct, Channel 2 reported last month.
Investigators suspect Ben-Eliezer received hundreds of thousands of shekels from a businessman while serving as a government minister, in return for which he helped secure business deals in Egypt through his many contacts there.
According to Channel 2, the unnamed businessman has been questioned by police and admitted to giving Ben-Eliezer the money, though he did not specify what exactly it was for.
Ben-Eliezer was questioned by police over the allegations on Wednesday, and the TV report said the former minister and presidential candidate did not provide satisfactory answers.
The FBI has reportedly questioned Ben-Eliezer’s son in the US in connection with the Israeli investigations into his father’s alleged financial improprieties.
Ofir Ben-Eliezer became a key figure in the investigation after his father told investigators that his son was the source of NIS 2.75 million ($800,000) in cash that was found in his safety deposit box in a Jerusalem bank earlier this month. The MK said that he was holding the money until his son was ready to buy a house in Israel, Channel 2 reported at the time news of the investigation broke.
Israeli officials have reportedly asked Ofir to return to Israel for questioning and have also requested that the US allow Israeli investigators to question Ofir in the US if he declines to return.
Ben-Eliezer was the Labor Party candidate for president before he dropped his bid for the post following the allegations.