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Israeli energy minister questioned over alleged sex crime

Published on Mar 25, 2014 11:58 PM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Energy Minister Silvan Shalom, tipped as a possible presidential candidate, was questioned by the police on Tuesday over what media said were suspicions of a 1999 sexual offence.

"He was questioned for two hours by the national unit of the Israeli police which deals with cases involving officials," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

Without specifying the nature of the allegations, Mr Rosenfeld said they were related to "an old case that took place more than 15 years, and he gave his version".

Since Monday, the media have been reporting that Mr Shalom has been accused of sexual assault by a former female employee.

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