Updated at 17:11,20-07-2018

Israeli Foreign Minister Questioned by Police Over Access to Belarus-bound Classified Documents


Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was questioned by investigators on Tuesday over his access to classified documents sent by Israel's police to their Belarusian colleagues in 2008.

The minister is suspected of obtaining a copy of the Belarus-bound documents that contained information about an investigation against him, said a report posted on http://www.ynetnews.com.

Zeev Ben-Arieh, who was the Israeli ambassador to Belarus at that time, has already confessed that he passed the copy to Mr. Lieberman during his visit to Minsk in October 2008.

Mr. Ben-Arieh reportedly defied a request to transfer the documents regarding the investigation directly and discreetly from the Justice Ministry in Jerusalem to the authorities in Belarus, copying the classified information and passing it to Mr. Lieberman.

The documents contained a request to question banks and prominent figures in Belarus that could be involved in Mr. Lieberman's suspected illegal dealings.

Mr. Ben-Arieh was appointed an advisor with the Israeli foreign ministry in April 2009.
Mr. Lieberman is suspected of bribery, fraud and money laundering.