Israel: 7 Questioned Over Suspicions of Bribery, Money Laundering in “Submarine Affair”

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A group of seven people, including a former major general of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and several close associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have been questioned in connection with the suspect purchases of multimillion-dollar German submarines and naval boats.

The seven were questioned under caution over suspicions of fraud, bribery, tax evasion and money laundering in what is being referred to as the “submarine affair.”

According to the Times of Israel, Netanyahu’s personal lawyer David Shimron is suspected of attempting to sway multi-billion-shekel deals in favor of the German shipbuilder ThyssenKryupp, which he represented in Israel.

“At the time of the events under question, some of the suspects were public servants and some worked in the private sector,” said the Israel Police and the Tax Authority in a joint statement.

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