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Israel indicts former foreign minister Lieberman

Published on Dec 30, 2012 5:09 PM

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Israeli far-right leader Avigdor Lieberman was charged on Sunday with fraud and breach of trust, allegations that prompted his resignation as foreign minister two weeks ago, justice officials said.

Mr Lieberman, who has denied the accusations, remains head of the Yisrael Beitenu party that has formed a coalition with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party ahead of a Jan 22 parliamentary election.

Israeli justice officials said Mr Lieberman was indicted on charges relating to the promotion of an Israeli diplomat who had illegally given him information about a police investigation against him.

Under Israeli law, conviction on the fraud and breach of trust charges could disqualify Mr Lieberman from holding a cabinet post in the next government.

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