A former official in Israel’s communications ministry was anticipated to testify on allegations ex-PM supplied advantages to an organization for optimistic media protection.
Greek authorities are investigating the crash of a non-public aircraft from Israel that killed a prosecution witness in Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial.
Haim Geron, a former senior official at Israel’s ministry of communications, and his spouse Esther have been killed when the single-engine Cessna 182 aircraft crashed late on Monday off the island of Samos.
The Israeli Ministry of International Affairs recognized the victims, each aged 69, including that consular officers and the ministry have been working with the household to return the our bodies.
Geron was one in every of greater than 300 witnesses prosecutors listed for Netanyahu’s trial on corruption costs.
The previous Israeli prime minister is on trial for allegedly accepting costly items from rich associates, allegations he denies.
Geron had been anticipated to testify on allegations that Netanyahu negotiated with a telecommunications agency to safe optimistic protection in alternate for insurance policies benefitting the corporate.
Greece’s Air Accident Investigation and Aviation Board is investigating the causes of the crash, officers stated Tuesday.
The only-engine took off from Haifa and crashed close to Samos Airport.
“Shortly earlier than touchdown, communication with the management tower on Samos was misplaced and the Civil Aviation Authority knowledgeable the search and rescue heart in regards to the lack of communication,” the authority stated in a press release.
The our bodies of the 2 Israeli occupants have been recovered by the Coast Guard a number of hours later with the assistance of divers.
Netanyahu, now the opposition chief in Israel’s parliament, has denied all accusations and mocked the dimensions of the witness listing.
Kondylis, head of the Greek air accident investigation and aviation security board, on Tuesday stated a staff of specialists would fly to Samos on Wednesday to examine the wreckage.
“A fisherman stated … there was a big explosion, adopted by a smaller one,” Kondylis informed AFP.
“The wreckage will present if that’s the case,” Kondylis stated, including that the wreckage was roughly 33 metres (108 toes) underwater and two kilometres (1.2 miles) south of the airport.
He added that he was “hopeful” there could be extra readability on the causes of the crash over the subsequent two weeks.