Jerusalem deputy mayor arrested in corruption probe
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Jerusalem deputy mayor arrested in corruption probe

Meir Turgeman, five others picked up on suspicions of bribery, fraud, breach of trust, abuse of power and tax offenses

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman at an event in Jerusalem on September 1, 2013. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman at an event in Jerusalem on September 1, 2013. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman was arrested Monday over corruption suspicions, after a covert investigation.

Turgeman (Likud) was arrested along with five others on allegations of bribery, fraud, breach of trust, abuse of power and tax offenses.

Police searched the homes and offices of the suspects.

Officials said Turgeman, who serves as chairman of the capital’s Planning and Building Committee, was suspected of accepting money in exchange for illegally advancing various interests.

The suspects were brought before a judge at the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court Monday afternoon, and Turgeman was ordered held in custody until Thursday.

A police representative said the probe involved a central case and several secondary cases, and that suspicions against Turgeman involved a hotel in the city center.

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