Israeli Foreign Minister to be Charged With Fraud
Liberman was not charged with more serious corruption charges
December 13, 2012JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman will be charged with breach of trust and fraud, the country's Ministry of Justice said Thursday.
Liberman will not face more serious corruption charges including money laundering and witness tampering, the ministry said.
Last year, Israel's attorney general said he planned to indict Liberman on charges of fraud, money laundering, breach of trust and obstruction of justice. At the time he was suspected of illicitly obtaining about $3 million through shell companies, dating back to before he became foreign minister in 2009.
He has long denied the accusations against him. "I have always operated according to the law and I have no reason to worry," he said last year.
CNN's Sara Sidner contributed to this report
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