Mayor of Petah Tikva suspected of corruption

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 Petah Tikva mayor suspected of corruption

Petah Tikva Mayor Rami Greenberg said on Wednesday that he was the head of the municipality detained earlier this week by police on suspicion of using control over the municipal budget to fire his enemies.

Police said investigators from the Lahav 433 National Crime Unit suspect Greenberg and three of his assistants of fraud, breach of trust, extortion through threats and other offences.

Greenberg issued a statement on his Facebook page to refute the accusations against him, and spoke out against the “intrigues” and "hate" in public service, which led to unidentified individuals attempting to overthrow him.

He claimed that he only acted as mayor in the public interest.

After questioning on Sunday, the head was placed under house arrest with no contact with anyone related to the case for 14 days.

A former close associate of the mayor and a witness in the case told Channel 12 news that Greenberg immediately after his

“First he removed me from various WhatsApp groups, where I expressed my dissatisfaction with the decisions taken by the municipality. Then he demanded that I not attend the events, initiated by the mayor's office”, — the witness said.

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