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8 arrested, another 8 questioned in Eilat municipal corruption investigation

Suspects quizzed over involvement in alleged scheme of bribes for public tenders; city hall of southern city reportedly raided; bank VP said to be among those detained

Hotel along the beach in the resort city of Eilat, October 21, 2015. (Moshe Shai/ FLASH90)
Hotel along the beach in the resort city of Eilat, October 21, 2015. (Moshe Shai/ FLASH90)

Police on Tuesday said they arrested eight people and detained a further eight, including municipal employees, for questioning in the southern city of Eilat for their suspected roles in an alleged corruption scheme involving bribes for the advancement of public tenders.

Police said the 16 individuals were being questioned over suspected involvement in bribery, fraud, breach of trust, tax and money laundering offenses.

Channel 13 news reported that city hall was raided by police on Tuesday morning.

One of those detained was the vice president of a bank, according to the network.

Police did not release the names of the suspects but said the individuals were detained after an “extensive investigation” involving police, tax authorities, prosecutors and the anti-money laundering and terrorist financing body.

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