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January 5, 2006
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Ariel Sharon’s family is suspected of receiving $3 million in illicit foreign funds. Police on Wednesday confirmed a Channel 10 television report that an investigation is under way into allegations that Austrian magnates funneled the money to the Sharon family, perhaps to help pay off contributions to the prime minister’s 1999 run to head the Likud Party. But there was no indication that Sharon himself might be implicated, and media reports said the new probe could take months or even years to complete — well after the March 28 general elections are over.

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