AG to discuss claim that Liberman offered $100,000 to kill senior cop 20 years ago

Finance minister suggests Netanyahu behind ‘baseless’ claim; legal experts say investigation unlikely; police official has called bizarre allegations ‘odd, bordering on outlandish’

File: Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara (left) and Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman (right). (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
File: Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara (left) and Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman (right). (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara is reportedly set to discuss a claim that Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman once offered $100,000 to murder a police superintendent.

The Ynet news site reported Saturday that Baharav-Miara will hold an assessment next week on the claim, which was made by a former activist for Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party, who says the offer was made to him.

But according to legal experts, there is a very low chance she will order the opening of an investigation.

On Thursday, Yossi Kamisa made a series of allegations against Liberman on Twitter, including that he made the supposed hit offer, and that he operated a Jericho casino whose proceedings benefited terror organizations, as well as secret business dealings in Congo.

He also claimed Liberman’s ostensible connections to former attorney general Yehuda Weinstein had helped him evade the law in various criminal cases in which he was probed throughout his years in politics.

Police officials declared the allegations “odd,” and Liberman, dismissing them, vowed to sue.

The alleged hit offer occurred some 20 years ago, well beyond the statute of limitations. Additionally, according to legal assessments reported by Ynet, such a case would be Kamisa’s word against Liberman’s, with no additional evidence or witnesses to confirm the allegations.

Kamisa has identified himself as Liberman’s former assistant, though there is no evidence to support that claim either.

The claims led the finance minister to comment on Facebook that he planned to sue Kamisa for libel, saying the allegations were the “baseless” claims of “a bizarre person.”

Liberman went on to assert that the online assault had been orchestrated by opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, who he said was “panicked” by the minister’s achievements and “improving” poll numbers ahead of November’s elections.

In a tweet Saturday, Liberman shared an image of Kamisa with several Likud members.

“This man was never my assistant, but is there a chance he’s trying to help someone else?” he wrote.

“In every election, including those in the local authorities, accusations and ‘whistleblowers’ against candidates, including alleged connections with criminal elements, are being used to discredit the other side,” a source familiar with the matter told Ynet.

Baharav-Miara will sit down with police officials and request intelligence information on the claims, if such exists, the report said.

“The legal system recently received information attributed to Kamisa through a third party, about events that took place, according to the provider of the information, more than 20 years ago. Now Kamisa has also published the matter on social media. The information will be checked, in line with protocol,” the Attorney General’s Office told Ynet.

Police officials told Channel 12 news last week that the claims were “odd, bordering on the outlandish.”

Yisrael Beytenu MK Yulia Malinovsky told the network Saturday that Liberman would be willing to undergo an unofficial polygraph lie detector test, not part of an investigation.

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