Sderot mayor suspends himself amid probe

Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal is suspending himself from his position indefinitely as his office is investigated for corruption.

Moyal made the announcement Tuesday, a day after fraud investigators raided his office for evidence of corruption at City Hall extending to the mayor himself. Rabbi Oran Malka will serve as interim mayor, according to the Jerusalem Post, which reported the self-imposed suspension.

“I’m glad there is an investigation,” Moyal said, explaining that the probe would prove he has “nothing to hide,” the Post reported.

Moyal has been under investigation for several months following complaints that he and cronies have been bilking the city of money sent to help Sderot and its residents cope with the constant Palestinian rocket fire from the nearby Gaza Strip.

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