Israeli Ambassador to UK Asserts Non-Involvement in Gusinsky Affair
(RIA Novosti, by Alexander Smotrov) — Israeli Ambassador to London
Zvi Hefetz says he is not involved in the bank fraud in Israel,
in which Russian businessman Vladimir Gusinsky is said to have his
"I do not
know anything about the affair," Ambassador Hefetz told RIA
It became known
on March 7 that Israeli police had exposed the largest bank fraud
in Israel, in which hundreds of millions of dollars had been laundered
via a branch of the Hapoalim bank.
media tycoon Vladimir Gusinsky was named among main suspects in
On March 8,
Israeli daily Haaretz quoted its sources close to the investigation
as saying that there was "solid evidence" of Gusinsky
transferring a lot of money by proxy to bank accounts in Israel.
The money is
believed to have been quickly transferred to the millionaire’s foreign
accounts to conceal where it came from.
the Haaretz, Mr. Gusinsky will be summoned for interrogation once
he is back from abroad.
The same goes
for Ambassador Zvi Hefetz who had been Gusinsky’s representative
in Israel before being appointed ambassador to the UK.