The former ambassador to Belarus, Zeev Ben-Arieh, was forcefully suspended without pay on Wednesday.
The actions came after accusations that Ben-Arieh leaked information to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman concerning the investigation against him.
Police handed a report on Ben-Arieh to the Civil Service Commission which describes the accusations: they say that the former ambassador confessed to the allegations against him during the questioning.
The police did however deny that there were any leaks, Mickey Rosenfeld said:
“â€¦There have been no press leaksâ€¦we published a statement on Tuesday about the questioning of Mr Lieberman because it is a very serious investigationâ€¦.”
“When I left the interrogation room, I was warned that I must not comment on any detail from the investigation, and must not talk to anyone about itâ€¦what a surprise it was when an hour after I left the interrogation room, all the distorted details were released by the police commissioner’s office.”
Investigators are saying that during the period Lieberman was serving as a Knesset member, back in 2008, Ben-Arieh received a request to transfer a document discreetly from the Justice Ministry in Jerusalem to the authorities in Belarus concerning Lieberman’s investigation.
The document was originally handed to the Justice Ministry by Israel Police. It contained a request for legal assistance from the certified authorities in Belarus and also outlined details regarding the investigation.
The ambassador allegedly copied the classified information detailed in the request right before Lieberman’s visit to Belarus a year and a half ago. He then informed Lieberman of the request and unlawfully passed it on to him when the two met during the visit.