2 arrested on suspicion of bribing employees of government-owned defense company
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2 arrested on suspicion of bribing employees of government-owned defense company

Police apprehend the accused at Ben Gurion Airport, suspect they promised Israel Aerospace Industries workers a portion of every tender slanted in their favor

Illustrative image of criminal in handcuffs. (YakobchukOlena/iStock, by Getty Images)
Illustrative image of criminal in handcuffs. (YakobchukOlena/iStock, by Getty Images)

Two Israelis were arrested early Wednesday morning at Ben Gurion Airport on suspicion of bribing officials at a government-owned security firm in exchange for benefits worth millions of shekels, police and Hebrew-language media said.

They are suspected of bribing employees of Israel Aerospace Industries, which develops and sells aerial military systems, in exchange for tenders for weapons systems being slanted in their favor.

Police said the two promised the IAI workers a portion of the money gained from each deal resulting from those tenders, police said Wednesday in a statement.

The two suspects will be brought for a hearing at the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court at 2 p.m., according to the statement.

The investigation at the Lahav 433 anti-corruption unit began as a covert investigation and became public as the arrests were made.

Earlier Wednesday, police said a senior government official had been arrested in the morning along with four others on suspicion of bribery and fraud.

The high-ranking employee of the Transportation Ministry is suspected of illegally receiving benefits and gifts from officials connected to an unspecified major bus company, in exchange for promoting its interests and favoring it in government tenders for operating transportation routes, Hebrew-language media reported.

The official was taken for questioning under caution, as were four other suspects who are suspected of dispensing the bribes, reportedly members of a family with ties to the bus company. Two further individuals were detained for questioning, according to a statement by police.

All are suspected of involvement in offenses including bribery, receiving an illicit gift, fraud and breach of trust.

The suspects’ homes and offices were raided and searched, the statement said, adding that they would be brought before the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court if investigation needs dictated such a step.

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