Israeli authorities have expanded their investigation into allegations of corruption in relation into a major contract for German industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp to build submarines and corvette warships for the Israel Defense Forces or IDF.
Police on Monday called in six people for questioning regarding the disputed arms deal, including David Shimron, the cousin and personal attorney of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
A local ThyssenKrupp advisor was also reportedly questioned, along with Avriel Bar-Yosef, former deputy chair of Israel’s national security council, and his girlfriend. The secretary of Miki Ganor, ThyssenKrupp’s representative in the country, also answered police questions.
The allegations are severe and include corruption, money laundering and tax evasion, Israeli police said. The six suspects were interrogated in separate rooms to prevent any type of collusion.
Mr. Netanyahu is currently not a suspect in the investigation, according to the attorney general.