Attorney general upgrades ‘submarines affair’ to full-blown police investigation

The Justice Ministry says the inquiry into the so-called “submarines affair” will be upgraded to a full-blown graft investigation.

In a statement Monday evening, investigators say that Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has approved upgrading the case, which involves suspicions of possible corruption linked to the purchase of German-made submarines and other naval vessels.

One key suspect is David Shimron, the personal attorney of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who investigators say may have attempted to sway naval ship-building tenders in favor of German firm Thyssenkrupp using his connections to the prime minister.

Police have noted repeatedly that Netanyahu is not a suspect in the case.

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