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December 30, 2012

Israel Indicts Former Foreign Minister

by VOA News

Israeli justice officials say former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has been formally indicted on charges of fraud and breach of trust.

The Justice Ministry filed the indictment against Lieberman in a Jerusalem court Sunday.

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

Lieberman resigned his Foreign Ministry post earlier this month when he was informed of the pending charges, which Lieberman denies.

He remains the head of the Yisrael Beitenu party, which has formed a coalition with with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party ahead of the January 22 parliamentary elections.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.