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Israeli Foreign Minister Faces Corruption Probe

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman speaks at a conference of his political party in Jerusalem, April 13, 2011

Israel has moved a step closer to indicting Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on corruption charges.

The justice ministry announced Wednesday that Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein had informed Lieberman that he is considering filing charges against him for alleged fraud, money laundering, witness tampering and breach of trust.

Under Israeli law, the high-ranking minister will be granted the right to a hearing, during which he can try to prevent the indictment.

Israeli police suspect Lieberman unlawfully obtained about $3 million by funneling money through at least six shell companies.

Police also allege that Lieberman received confidential information about a probe against him from an Israeli ambassador to Belarus.

The Reuters news agency reports Lieberman has denied wrongdoing.

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

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