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.
A former minister and associate of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was named Monday as a suspect in the ongoing and ever-expanding corruption investigation into the multi-million-dollar purchase of naval vessels from Germany.
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.
Former Israeli army chief Lt. Gen. (ret.) Benny Gantz will testify to police on Thursday in the so-called submarine affair.
German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp has frozen its relationship with their representative in Israel, businessman Miki Ganor.
One of the more curious and perhaps more serious aspects of the submarine affair is the Israeli approval given to Germany to sell advanced submarines to Egypt as well.
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.