Ex-aide to Israeli PM apprehended in submarine probe

Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017|4 p.m.

JERUSALEM– Israeli police stated Sunday that they arrested six individuals, consisting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s former chief of staff and a former navy leader, as part of an examination into supposed corruption surrounding the purchase of German submarines.

David Sharan, an American-born former Netanyahu aide, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of accepting bribes, fraud, breach of trust and conspiracy. A court extended Sharan’s detention by five days. 3 other suspects’ remands were extended also.

Sunday’s arrests, including of Eliezer Marom, the retired head of the Israeli navy, are the current in a probe into believed corruption surrounding the $2 billion deal with German manufacturer Thyssenkrupp.

Netanyahu is not a suspect in the case, but his individual lawyer, who is also his cousin, is included. David Shimron was placed under home arrest last month after he was questioned by authorities, but has actually because been launched.

Police have questioned Netanyahu over different corruption claims. He has rejected any misdeed.

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