Finance minister probed

Israel’s finance minister is suspected of embezzlement. Avraham Hirchson was
questioned by police this week in connection with the disappearance of as much
as $2.5 million from the accounts of the National Labor Federation in Eretz
Yisrael when he headed it before joining the Olmert government. Hirchson has
denied wrongdoing. As the investigation involves several other
suspects, a decision on whether to indict the finance minister is not expected
imminently.

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