Brig. Gen. (res.) Shai Brosh was named Tuesday as the former Shayetet 13 commander who was arrested earlier this week in connection to the “submarine affair” involving crimes suspected by police to have been committed around the purchase of three submarines from the German company ThyssenKrupp – including bribery, fraud, tax evasion and money laundering.
Israel Police detained Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s former bureau chief, David Sharan, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of accepting bribes in the so-called submarine affair.
Police have reportedly moved to a safe house the state’s witness in an investigation into suspected corruption in a multi-billion-shekel deal to purchase naval vessels from Germany, due to concerns for his safety.
The headless body of a woman was found Monday in the Baltic Sea near the location where a Swedish journalist disappeared the grim discovery coming just hours after the owner of a home-built submarine told authorities she died aboard the craft and he buried her at sea.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal lawyer was due to earn tens of millions of shekels from an agreement, since suspended, to buy three submarines from Germany. That, according to statements reportedly made to the Israel Police by a state’s witness in the case.
In a major development that could lead to indictments of senior public officials, one of the men arrested in connection with suspected corruption in the multi-million-dollar purchase of naval vessels from Germany signed a deal to become a state’s witness on Friday.
Former Israeli army chief Lt. Gen. (ret.) Benny Gantz will testify to police on Thursday in the so-called submarine affair.
Germany has announced it will be postponing the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the sale of three submarines to Israel, scheduled for next week, in light of an ongoing investigation into allegations of corruption in the deal.
Miki Ganor, a representative of ThyssenKrupp in Israel who is at the center of the submarine probe and is suspected of a series of criminal offences, is negotiating terms to become state witness, causing his defense attorney Nati Simhoni to resign.
A court on Thursday ordered two high-level figures suspected in a massive graft scandal over submarine purchases to remain behind bars for several days, as a judge said investigators were continuing to uncover the scandal.