Israel Police’s corruption unit arrested 13 people on Wednesday following a months-long undercover investigation into the Israel Aerospace Industries.
According to the Lahav 433 unit, the suspects include a former senior IDF official, IAI employees and employees of private companies that provided services to IAI.
“The undercover investigation of this affair has so far revealed systematic criminal conduct and suspected deep corruption, which is apparently common within the Israel Aerospace Industries,” Israel Police said in a statement. Police added that charges include aggravated fraud, money laundering, theft by public officials, fraud and breach of trust.
Police conducted searches of several suspects’ homes, private offices and IAI offices early Wednesday. They will be brought to the Rishon Letzion Magistrates Court later in Wednesday for a remand hearing.
Last month, the Movement for Quality Government appealed to the government to oppose the appointment of Yair Shamir as IAI chairman, citing his conflict of interests.