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Israeli police inflicts new attacks on Lieberman and the Black

July 16 2007

Police raided the law office "Yoav Mani and associates, led by lawyer Yoav Mani, who represented the Minister Avigdor Lieberman of financial dealings with the oligarch Michael Cherney and other dubious machinations. This was announced yesterday, an Israeli news portal NFC in investigative journalism, associated with the investigation against the Minister of Strategic Planning Avigdor Lieberman, and tycoon Michael Cherney .

Investigators were able to get a very "intimate" information and new documents that may serve as a basis for introducing new charges against the minister, Avigdor Lieberman and his main partner in the Black Sea, as well - against Austrian magnate Martin Shlafa.

As you know, Knesset members and ministers is prohibited from engaging in any business whose goal is to get revenue. The police, repeatedly questioned Lieberman, suspects him of engaging in illegal business, as the Knesset and ministers, as well as creating a situation of "conflict of interest, fraud, breach of public trust, bleaching of capital and forgery.

Lieberman is also suspected of receiving additional funds the company, which allegedly led by his daughter, Michal Lieberman-Gilon. Investigators had already established that he received from Michael Black a bribe of half a million dollars in the bank account in Cyprus. In this regard, in late April, the Israeli police raided the office of Michael Black, during which they seized all the documents, which refer to Lieberman. Investigators searched the computer tycoon in three languages, and found there a great number of documents mentioning the name of the Minister for Lieberman.

During the police investigation revealed that a lawyer Mani used his office as a "staging point", through which the illegal operation. He was implicated in cases involving secret dealings of the Avigdor Lieberman, with dummies commercial firms that were registered in the name of family member, Avigdor Lieberman, in cases involving people outside the inner circle Lieberman. Mani has provided services to Michael and Martin Black Shlafu, as well as other businessmen who had business relations with Liberman and Black and are involved in illegal financial transactions. Among them: a Belgian citizen Sholdiner Yosef, a foreign citizen, Igor Snider, and an Israeli businessman Sharon Shalom.

Interestingly, the search for a law firm was held on the same day, when Lieberman was giving testimony to investigators again. During the operation, which was conducted in accordance with a search warrant obtained from the court, the police confiscated a large number of folders with documents showing that counsel Lieberman helped his clients and its partners to conduct illicit activities.

However, Mani claimed that most of these documents are not subject to disclosure and is under legal protection as a thing of relevance to professional secrecy. Therefore, these documents were under seal until the court decision regarding the right of police to review them.

Mani's lawyer has agreed to transfer part of the documents to examine them police investigators. They relate to other clients with respect to which, according to Mani, does not apply the argument of legal protection that guarantees confidentiality of information relating to relations attorney-client ". Himself of his client - Lieberman - strongly opposed the transfer of police investigators additional documents, it is reasonable to fear that they may be used against him.

Addressing on the question whether the police may examine the documents that serve as additional evidence in one of the most high-profile corruption cases would be taken in Tel Aviv court judge Dan Mor on Sunday, July 15. The meeting will be held in the presence of all parties concerned.

On the same day and Mani and Lieberman will be featured in another case, which happened (!) Combination of circumstances will be treated in the same Tel Aviv court. In this case, a former "odnopartiets" Lieberman Michael Nudelman accuses the leader of NDI in theft and fraud. Oligarch Black is not directly involved in the lawsuit, but he tried to play the role of "diluent" in the conflict. The lawsuit Nudelman it comes to theft of five million shekels. In case of victory Nudelman dependence Lieberman from Michael Black and the other oligarchs increase significantly.

Surrounded by Avigdor Lieberman, believe that this is not a coincidence and fear that the two cases in one day can play a negative role in the outcome of both of them.

David Ronsky


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