Three held on suspicion of graft at Jerusalem municipality, utility company

Police say parking tickets canceled in exchange for concert tickets; demolition permit granted for building owned by suspect’s wife despite preservation designation

Jerusalem's City Hall. (Abir Sultan/Flash90)
Jerusalem's City Hall. (Abir Sultan/Flash90)

Three Jerusalem suspects were arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of corruption, including the cancellation of parking fines in exchange for thousands of tickets to performances and events.

A senior official at an unnamed Jerusalem municipal utility and his assistant, as well as an official at city hall, were arrested, police said.

A 10-month covert investigation revealed suspicions that the senior official at the utility and his assistant handed out thousands of event tickets obtained via the municipality official, trading them for various personal benefits including the cancellation of parking tickets for his associates.

The senior official from the municipal utility company is also suspected of obtaining permits for the demolition of a building owned by his wife, despite the fact that the structure was designated for preservation.

The suspects are under investigation on suspicion of fraud and breach of trust, as well as giving and receiving bribes, police said.

A traffic inspector writes out a parking ticket for a car in Jerusalem. June 25, 2015 (Nati Shohat/FLASH90)

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