PM bribery probe 'will not be ready before election'

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 | 
The investigation into suspicions that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s family received $3 million will not be completed until after the March 28 elections. A senior police source said that there is currently no evidence to support an indictment against Sharon. But some politicians are calling on Sharon to “face the public” and rebut suspicions against him or explain how he got the money. It was reported Tuesday that evidence indicated that Austrian brothers Martin and James Schlaff were involved in transferring $3 million to members of the Sharon family, possibly with the intention of bribing the prime minister. Lior Chorev, a Sharon aide, refused to comment. “No official is saying this. A reporter is saying this,” he said. “Since when do I need to respond to (the) speculation of a reporter on Channel 10?”

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