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Israel: 7 arrested, 3 security officials, for bribery

Israeli police arrested seven people on suspicion of involvement in corruption and bribery, including three linked to the security services.

According to Channel 2, the national unit to fight corruption and organised crime, Lahav 433, arrested seven suspects in December 2016, but a gag order prevented it being made opublic until today. The defendants' names and positions have not been made public.

Speaking to the Israeli media outlet a source said the police charged the seven with fraud, money laundering and "coordination among themselves" in order to pass deals with civilian companies to acquire security equipment supplies illegally, allowing them to receive large bribes.

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Last week Israeli media reported that Israeli police arrested 12 people, including army officers, on suspicion of bribery and fraud.

Investigators searched the offices of the suspects and confiscated computers and documents linking them to the crimes. After the investigations, the police will decide which officers will be brought before the court in Rishon Lezion to extend the period of pre-trial detention.

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