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Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Interpol chief in Israel suspected of fraud

Head of the Interpol branch in Israel, Chief Superintendent Asher Ben-Artzi, was recently sent on forced leave after an investigation was launched against him on suspicion of fraud and breach of trust. The Police Investigation Unit is examining whether Ben-Artzi used his connections at the American consulate to assist criminals receive visas to the United States.

The unit is also looking into suspicions that the local Interpol chief received valuable relics as perks. The Police Investigation Unit confirmed that a probe was being carried out against Ben-Artzi. Police officials added that in addition to the investigation, disciplinary measures may be taken against him.