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AG closes corruption cases against Rivlin

Innocent in six cases involving Appel; one case involving Yitzhak Mordechai closed due to lack of public interest

Attorney General Menachem Mazuz on Thursday decided to close the investigation against Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, which included seven cases on alleged links between Rivlin and businessman David Appel.

The investigations into the affairs were launched on the basis of information from wiretapping carried out against Appel.

Mazuz also decided to close the investigation case against Appel in these affairs.

Six of the cases against Rivlin were closed due to absence of guilt, while one of them was closed due to lack of public interest. Six of the cases against Appel were also closed due to absence of guilt, while the seventh case, relating to former defense minister Yitzhak Mordechai, was closed due to insufficient evidence.

The cases against Rivlin which were closed due to lack of guilt are: the case on alleged fund raising in the United States for the Shema organization for hearing impaired children and youth; suspicions of speeding up U.S. visa application process for Appel's children; Appel's alleged funding of a political event for Rivlin at a Tel Aviv cafe; Rivlin's alleged push for legislation of the so-called "Deri Law" that lowered the time served before being eligible for parole, which enabled former Shas leader Aryeh Deri to be released from prison after serving one half of his prison sentence; the Mordechai case, in which Appel allegedly passed on information to Rivlin on plans to launch an investigation against the former defense minister on sexual harassment allegations.

Another case against Rivlin on suspicion that he passed on information from the committee for the selection of judges to Appel was closed due to lack of public interest.

"Even though his [Rivlin's] behavior ¿ raised suspicions that handing over the information to Mordechai was intended to prepare him for an expected police investigation, there is insufficient evidence to prove this suspicion," Mazuz wrote on closing the Mordechai case.

"My investigation lasted 11 hours, but police delayed releasing [the case¿s] findings for three-and-a-half years," Army Radio quoted Rivlin as saying Thursday in response to Mazuz's decision.



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