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Shifty Crook

It hasn’t started well for Avigdor Lieberman, really:

Israel’s new Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has been questioned by police for at least seven hours over corruption allegations.

Police said Mr Lieberman was questioned under caution on suspicion of “bribery, money-laundering and breach of trust” as part of an ongoing investigation.

Mr Lieberman was sworn in as foreign minister on Tuesday.

He has previously denied any wrong-doing and says the corruption probe against him is politically motivated.

Police confirmed that the interview had been scheduled in advance with Mr Lieberman.

Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, said Mr Lieberman had been questioned over the long-standing investigation into his business dealings, the Associated Press reported.

The accusations are believed to relate to a company run by Mr Lieberman’s daughter.

A spokesman for Mr Lieberman said it was “the same investigation that has been ongoing for the past 13 years and which he has petitioned the courts to have speeded up.

“He co-operated fully with police investigators and answered all their questions and enjoyed drinking their coffee,” said the unnamed spokesman.

Were he a politician in some European countries, of course, he’d simply change the law.

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