Israels justisminister er mistenkt for å ha tappet penger fra humanitære fond. Han er sentral i den årlige marsjen til minne om Holocaust-ofre. Stort verre PR går det ikke an å få.
ISRAEL’S finance minister is to be questioned this week by police investigating the funding of an annual march at Auschwitz in memory of Holocaust victims.
The police have already interviewed Abraham Hirchson, one of the most senior members of the cabinet, under caution over allegations in the Israeli press that £662,000 was embezzled from Nili, a nonprofit wing of the National Workers Union that he once headed. They talked to him for seven hours last week.
As the investigation has widened, police have been examining a web of American and Israeli charitable foundations controlled by Hirchson, 66. Some are linked to the March of the Living, an annual event in Poland that he founded in 1987, long before he joined the government.
Officers are now preparing to ask Hirchson about revelations in Israel’s media that he was caught boarding a plane from Poland in 1997 with $250,000 in cash stuffed into suitcases that he planned to bring into Israel.
Ovadia Cohen, the chairman of Nili, has already confessed to embezzling funds from the organisation.