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Ex-ThyssenKrupp employee in Israel turns state witness in submarine graft probe

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, is seen while visiting the navy ship INS Eilat in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009
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The former representative of German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp in Israel, Miki Ganor, has agreed to become a state witness in a corruption probe engulfing Israel's military and political brass, local media reported Friday.

The reports, citing Ganor's lawyer, come after days of reported negotiations between Ganor and prosecutors, following his arrest on July 10 on suspicion of fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit a crime.

It is the latest twist in the submarine affair, also known as 'Case 3000', to differentiate it from the other corruption probes surrounding senior government officials including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Case 3000 centers on allegations that Netanyahu's personal lawyer, David Shimron, pushed for multi-billion shekel deals in favor of German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp, which is his client in Israel.

Ganor's arrest earlier in July was among a raft of suspects detained for questioning, including Maj. Gen. (res.) Eliezer Marom.

“At the time of the events under question, some of the suspects were public servants and some worked in the private sector,”said Israel Police and the Tax Authority in a joint statement.

The detained are suspected of several crimes including taking bribes, tax offenses, money laundering and corruption.

Israeli media has reported that it is likely that Netanyahu himself will be questioned during the investigation, although he is not considered a suspect.

Scrutiny over a 2014 submarine deal between Israel and the German industrial giant surfaced in November after a Channel 10 investigative report said that David Shimron once worked as an intermediary for Miki Ganor, who was then the head of ThyssenKrupp in Israel.

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