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Amended indictment for ex-FM Lieberman

Dec. 28, 2012 at 11:37 AM

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Israel's attorney general added details to a breach of trust indictment on former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, officials said.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein presented the amended indictment, which also includes a fraud charge, Thursday, Ynetnews.com reported.

The amendment adds details of Lieberman's alleged involvement in Ze'ev Ben Aryeh's appointment as ambassador to Latvia.

Lieberman faces a charge of breach of trust for allegedly promoting the career of Aryeh, a former ambassador to Belarus, who had passed information to him about an investigation into his financial dealings there.

"After examining the new testimonies which suggest that MK Lieberman had a bigger role in the ambassador's appointment than noted in the original indictment it was decided to add a number of facts," the attorney general said in a letter to Lieberman's lawyer.

"I repeat I did not break any law and that has not changed," Lieberman said. "I want this matter to be quickly sorted out in court and that is why I have already informed the Knesset that I withdraw my immunity following my resignation as foreign minister. All rumors about a plea bargain are false. The truth will come out in court."

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