Police Recommend Indictment of Israeli Welfare Minister Over Corruption Charges

A 'Bird Eye-650' Long Endurance mini-UAV system developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is displayed at the Unmanned Vehicles Conference 2015 on November 9, 2015, in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The Times of Israel reports: Police on Sunday announced there was sufficient evidence to indict Welfare Minister Haim Katz, his son, and top Israel Aerospace Industries officials on corruption-related charges.

Katz is suspected of bribery, fraud and breach of trust while serving as the head of IAI’s workers’ union for the two decades leading up to his becoming a Likud minister in 2015. In a statement, police said there was also enough evidence to indict Katz’s son Yair, a top IAI official and senior union figure; the company’s current union head, Ehud Nof; union member Eli Cohen; and board member Brig. Gen. (res.) Amal Assad.

Anti-corruption police investigators are recommending that Katz and the others be charged with giving and accepting bribes, fraud, breach of trust and extortion by threats.

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