Israel's Deri Faces New Corruption Probe, Herzog Under `Review'

Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, who returned to politics four years ago after going to prison for taking bribes, faces a new corruption investigation, while authorities are also looking into whether opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog broke laws as head of the Labor Party.

Deri acknowledged the probe Wednesday in a statement on Twitter without describing the charges and said he told Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit he “will cooperate fully with investigators and answer every question they ask.” The Justice Ministry issued a statement saying Herzog’s case, without outlining the allegations, is under “review,” not “investigation.”

Details of the two cases were not made public. Channel 2 television said Deri and his family’s real-estate holdings were the subject of part of the investigation. Herzog’s fundraising in a 2013 primary election for Labor leader was being looked into, Channel 2 said.

Herzog refused to testify in a 1999 investigation of campaign funding violations and the government dropped the charges for lack of evidence. He said at a news conference Wednesday that he expects to be cleared of the latest allegations, which he blamed on “political mudslinging.”

Deri was sent to prison in 2000 after being convicted on corruption charges from his previous stint as interior minister and head of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party.

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