On 10 May, the Times of Israel reported that 4 years after a probe was first launched, state prosecutors have filed indictments against suspects in a sprawling alleged corruption scandal called “Case 3000” and involving the purchase of navy vessels worth hundreds of millions of dollars from a German shipbuilder. However, cases were closed against David Shimron, cousin and former personal lawyer to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as former commander of the Israeli Navy Eliezer Marom, after prosecutors accepted their defences. Indictments for bribery, money laundering, and tax offences were filed against Miki Ganor, who was the local agent for Thyssenkrupp, and Avriel Bar-Yosef, once Netanyahu’s choice to be head of the Israel National Security Council, was indicted for bribery and breach of trust. Indictments for bribery, money laundering, and breach of trust were filed against Netanyahu’s former chief of staff David Sharan; former chair of the fundraising organization Keron Hayesod (the United Israel Appeal) Eliezer Sandberg; Brigadier General(reserve) Shay Brosh, a former commander of the Israeli Navy’s commando unit; Rami Taib, a former political adviser to Likud minister Yuval Steinitz; and media adviser Yitzhak Liber. The scandal involves suspicions Israeli officials were bribed to push for the acquisition of naval vessels and submarines from ThyssenKrupp. It also involves the sale of 2 submarines and 2 anti-submarine warships by Germany to Egypt.
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