Dimona mayor accused of sexual harassment
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Dimona mayor accused of sexual harassment

Benny Biton, questioned for several hours, accuses opponents of using police as a tool for political bashing ahead of elections

Dimona Mayor Benny Biton at the Knesset's Finance Committee meeting discussing sports and gambling budgets, on November 30, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Dimona Mayor Benny Biton at the Knesset's Finance Committee meeting discussing sports and gambling budgets, on November 30, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

The mayor of the southern town of  Dimona was questioned by police for several hours on Sunday, after he was accused of sexually harassing a council member, police said.

Benny Biton was questioned by the police’s Lahav 433 anti-corruption unit on suspicion of committing sexual offenses against a female member of the council on several occasions.

The Likud mayor’s lawyers release a statement asserting that opponents “are trying to use the police as a tool for political bashing” ahead of municipal elections. “The mayor is one of Israel’s most prominent mayors,” they stressed.

“He was summoned for an interview due to a complaint by a council member which was submitted after she was dismissed from the coalition,” the lawyers said.

The police said that the investigation had not yet been completed and that the case would be transferred to the State Prosecutor’s Office. The police clarified that, for the time being, they could not give any additional details.

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