Lieberman Takes on Police over Media Leaks

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has filed a complaint against the police, accusing them of deliberately leaking information about a corruption probe against him.

The hawkish foreign minister alleged that he was the target of "systematic press leaks directed by the police concerning the investigation."

He said his Wednesday’s petition names 13 police officers in the criminal investigation department, who have access to files related to the case and that he had previously complained to the court about the matter.

"In November 2008, the Supreme Court had ordered the police to investigate its own ranks on these leaks but the file was closed. This is unacceptable," Lieberman said.

Lieberman said he had also sent a letter to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, asking him to investigate the leaks, which Lieberman said were orchestrated by Israeli police chief Dudi Cohen.

"These blatant and deliberate leaks are an obstruction of justice," he commented.

Last year, Israeli police called for indicting Lieberman on charges of bribery, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

He is accused of receiving millions of dollars in illegal campaign donations through bank accounts opened by his daughter. Lieberman has denied any wrongdoing and claims the police investigations are politically-motivated.

(Press TV)

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