On Sunday morning, 3 December, the press service of the Israel police announced the arrest of 17 suspected of involvement in illicit contacts between criminal groups and officials of the municipality of Rishon LeZion.
The report notes that the detention was carried out in the framework of the investigation of 1803.
Among the detainees are high-ranking municipal officials.
More information about this investigation will be published later.
According to the newspaper «gaarets» in the near future in the same case will be interrogated by the head of the government coalition MP David Bitan.
Earlier it was reported that police checks suspicion concerning the period of stay Bitana in the post of Deputy mayor of Rishon LeZion, which he held before he was elected to the Knesset.
The newspaper «Haaretz» reported that the police checks suspicion, according to which in Bitana relations with businessmen and other officials of the municipality took place a criminal offense.
As part of the audit, investigators received evidence. Check object is not only the head of the coalition, but also some officials of the municipality of Rishon LeZion.
In the past it was reported that in the period of work in the municipality of Rishon LeZion, Bitan involved in debt, taking loans on the black market. The amount of debt has reached according to some reports seven million shekels. How he covered these debts remains unclear. In the past the police was investigating on this issue. Against this background investigation Bican was forced to leave his post in the municipality of Resin LeZion. The Prosecutor’s office closed the case against the suspect.