Israel: Arab party officials arrested for alleged fraud, money laundering
19 Sep 2016

Twenty officials with the Arab Balad party were arrested Sunday by the Police National Fraud Unit on suspicion of campaign financing violations and money laundering.

The police raided Balad offices in several locations nationwide, and seized computers, correspondence and banking documents. An official involved in the investigation said that at this point, none of the party’s Knesset members are implicated in the case.

A covert investigation into alleged financial improprieties in Balad was launched after a recent report by State Comptroller Yosef Shapira raised concerns of campaign financing violations. The Israel Money Laundering Prohibition Authority is also involved in the investigation.

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