Police Consider Investigating Barak

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Police National Fraud Unit will decide in the next few days whether to open -- or reopen -- an investigation against Defense Minister and Labor Party chairman Ehud Barak.

A previous investigation, which was closed after six years because no one was willing to testify, resurfaced Monday when one of Barak's former campaign managers, Shmuel Levy, provided police with "new" information about Barak's 1999 election campaign.

"The meeting today at the National Fraud Unit was initiated by Levy," a police spokeswoman told reporters. "We can't disclose the content of the meeting, but we will examine what he says," she said.

Suspects in previous investigations include current Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog, attorney and close associate Doron Cohen, and former campaign manager Tal Zilberstein, who now serves as Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's chief advisor.

During the hullabaloo last month surrounding American financier Morris Talansky's testimony in the investigation against Olmert, Zilberstein told Army Radio that Barak was in no position to criticize the prime minister.

"Ehud Barak knows very well that he is one of the last people who can speak about envelopes or cash or about donors or money that was not repaid," Zilberstein said. "I assume he knows what I'm talking about," he added.

Barak told Zilberstein "to take everything he has and go straight to the police," promising to fully cooperate should the National Fraud Unit decide to pursue the investigation.

Meanwhile, Levy threatened recently to sue the Labor Party for 14 million shekels owed him for past services if he were not paid within two weeks.

Sources: Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post

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