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Witness in ex-Israel PM's trial killed in plane crash

Former Deputy Director of the Israeli Communications Ministry Haim Garon [Twitter]
Former Deputy Director of the Israeli Communications Ministry Haim Garon [Twitter]

The former Deputy Director of the Israeli Communications Ministry Haim Garon died yesterday after the light aircraft he was in crashed into the sea close to the Greek island of Samos, authorities have said.

Haim was killed along with his wife, Esti. He was due to appear as a prosecution witness in the trial of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in what has become known as Case 4000. The case sees a close associate of Netanyahu suspected of providing confidential information to Israel's largest telecoms company.

"The aircraft crashed about a mile south from the airport," an official said.

Netanyahu is entangled in three other political scandals: Case 1000 which involves allegations that the PM and his wife accepted illegal gifts from businessmen; Case 2000 which accuses Netanyahu of attempting to buy favourable newspaper coverage; Case 3000, also known as the "submarine scandal" would have seen Israel purchase naval vessels and submarines from a German firm with millions of shekels allegedly "skimmed" off the top of the deals for personal profit.

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