The state submitted a response to the High Court today in response to a petition in which it was claimed that despite MK Deri’s announcement that he intends to resign from the Knesset, the state is obliged to argue before the Magistrate’s Court hearing his criminal case. The state’s position is that holding a theoretical hearing on the question of defamation, without a concrete public role that MK Deri plays or seeks to fulfill at this time, does not comply with the provisions of the law and case law. Who announced, then the issue of disgrace would be practical and then the state would claim the substance of the matter as commanded by the legislature.
In answer to the questions that have arisen, the following is the schedule of handling the criminal case, as also stated in the State’s response to the petition:
– On March 31, 2016, the Attorney General ordered the opening of a criminal investigation. This, following an initial evidentiary infrastructure presented to him for complex and ramified suspicions, inter alia, for the commission of large-scale government corruption offenses in a number of different and separate cases. The investigation was carried out jointly by the Israel Police and the Tax Authority and required a great deal of investigative effort and prolonged time, depending on the complexity of the investigation.
On May 29, 2017, MK Deri was first questioned.
On November 21, 18 the investigative material was transferred to the Tel Aviv District Attorney’s Office of Taxation and Economics. However, their recommendation was that a sufficient evidentiary basis was found to prove the commission of offenses of fraud and breach of trust, tax offenses, money laundering and more.
On July 30, 1919, after completing an investigation and examining the case, the then State Attorney recommended that the Attorney General file an indictment against MK Deri for committing various offenses, including tax offenses and money laundering. It will be explained that the evidentiary situation in the case Deri has changed a great deal, and already at that stage there is no longer talk of widespread government corruption offenses.
Subsequently, the Attorney General holds a series of meetings for the purpose of studying all the materials in the case. The case in its format then raised complex factual and legal questions, and required a focused examination of various questions that arose.
– On 8.1.21, the Attorney General announced that he had formulated his decision in the case. A notice was sent to MK Deri’s attorney regarding the consideration of his prosecution for the commission of tax offenses, and at the same time, it was also stated that no sufficient evidentiary basis was found for the prosecution of other offenses.
On February 24, 2001, an oral hearing was held before the Attorney General, during which MK Deri’s attorney raised his arguments, and after the hearing, MK Deri’s attorney presented a supplementary written argument.
– On 23.12.21 the parties reached an agreement on a plea agreement, which was signed after lengthy negotiations. As part of the settlement, it was agreed that MK Deri will confess to committing tax offenses, in two different events and will be sentenced to 12 months probation for a period of 3 years and a fine of NIS 180,000.