Miki Ganor, the Israel representative of the German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp and a key suspect in the police corruption investigation into Israel’s purchase of German-made navel vessels is reportedly in negotiations to become a state witness.
Termed the Case 3,000 by police, the affair revolves around reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal attorney David Shimron worked as an intermediary for Ganor. Shimron is reportedly suspected of pushing for Israel to buy submarines worth some $1.5 billion from the German firm over the objections of the defense establishment, including then-defense minister Moshe Ya’alon. Ganor is also reportedly suspected of bribing former Israel Navy commander Eliezer Marom to help ThyssenKrupp win an Israeli tender.
High-level Israeli officials were arrested last week in the investigation along with Ganor including: Marom, Retired Brig.-Gen. Bar-Yosef, a former deputy head of the National Security Council, Attorney Ron Shemer who works with Ganor, and Shimron.
According to multiple Hebrew media reports, Ganor is in negotiations with the State Attorney’s Office to become a state witness, leading to the resignation of his attorney Nati Simchony who opposed a state’s witness agreement. The agreement is conditional on Ganor providing investigators with names of additional senior public officials, Channel 2 reported.
Ganor is now represented by Attorney Eli Zohar, ex-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s lawyer. The businessman is suspected of fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit a crime; his remand was reportedly extended by four days on Monday as part of an agreement with police. The remand of Bar-Yosef was also extended by four days on Monday and Marom arrived for an additional police questioning after being released to house arrest.
Both Simchony and Zohar did not return requests for comments on the state witness reports….