Submarine Affair Upgraded to Criminal Probe

YERUSHALAYIM -

The preliminary inquiries into possible wrongdoing in the purchase of German-made submarines for the Israeli Navy has been upgraded to a full-scale criminal investigation, it was announced on Monday night.

State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan said that Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit approved the next phase following the collection of evidence which pointed to suspicion of violations of the public trust and corruption sufficient to warrant opening a criminal file.

It was stressed that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was not on the list of suspects, which include his personal lawyer, David Shimron, former Navy Commander Eliezer Marom, and others.

Shimron allegedly sought to arrange a multi-billion shekel deal to purchase submarines from the German builder ThyssenKrupp, which is a client of Shimron’s.