Ex-MK detained on suspicion of receiving bribes, sexual favors
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Ex-MK detained on suspicion of receiving bribes, sexual favors

Former lawmaker questioned under caution as part of investigation into his activities while serving in the Knesset

Raoul Wootliff is the The Times of Israel's political correspondent.

The headquarters of the Israel Police's Lahav 433 anti-corruption unit in Lod. (Flash90)
The headquarters of the Israel Police's Lahav 433 anti-corruption unit in Lod. (Flash90)

A former Knesset member was detained for questioning Wednesday on suspicion of accepting bribes from a businessman, including sexual favors, in return for advancing his business interests in parliament.

The former legislator is accused of bribery, fraud and breach of trust and was questioned under caution, police said in a statement. This means he may be held in custody pending charges. Later Wednesday a court ordered the ex-lawmaker, held for four more days.

“The national police detained for questioning this morning a former Knesset member, over suspicions that while serving he received bribes from a businessman, including favors of a sexual nature, in return for pushing through issues related to his business interests,” a police statement said.

The decision to question the suspect was made due to “an operational consideration that allowed for a development,” according to the statement. The move was part of an investigation into the former lawmaker’s activities while serving as an MK.

Police have not released the name of the suspect, saying that his identity cannot be published due to a court-imposed gag order.

 

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