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Corruption probe haunts Sharon ahead of poll

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Corruption probe haunts Sharon ahead of poll


A probe into corruption allegations against the Israeli Prime Minister is back in the headlines, with reports that police applied to a court for permission to search a foreign businessman’s computer. It is alleged that foreign funds were used to repay illegal campaign contributions. Austrian businessman Martin Schlaff is under the spotlight, three years after allegations broke that South African businessman Cyril Kern paid Sharon money to reimburse campaign contributions.

Sharon’s other son, Omri, resigned from parliament on Tuesday after being convicted in connection with illegal campaign funding. People in Jerusalem have been giving their reaction to the latest headlines. One man said: “I think the evidence has to be shown first of all. At the moment it is speculation. And then everybody has to consider their position when they know that information.” Another resident said: “I’m not shocked but I certainly believe whole-heartedly that there has to be something to these accusations. And I cannot believe that he did not know what his son was doing since he is his close advisor.”
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