Netanyahu associates grilled in German sub graft probe

JERUSALEM: Two lawyers close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were questioned Sunday over their roles in suspected corruption around the purchase of German submarines, media reports and police said.

Police said they had detained “two senior lawyers for questioning as part of the (submarine) affair,” refusing, however, to confirm their identity at this stage.
Israeli media identified both as being close to Netanyahu, naming one as David Shimron, a relative of Netanyahu and his family lawyer who also represented German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp in Israel. The second person had not been named.
Last month, Germany signed a deal to sell three Dolphin submarines from ThyssenKrupp to the Israeli navy.
Negotiations on the sale had been frozen for three months due to concern in Berlin over the corruption investigation in Israel.
The investigation involves officials from the Israeli security establishment as well as people working locally for ThyssenKrupp.

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