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Israeli police arrest six suspects in 'submarine affair' corruption probe

An Israeli navy sailors stand atop a new submarine "Rahav" upon its arrival in to the military port in Haifa, Israel, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
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Arrests are the latest twist in 'Case 3000' involving members of Netanyahu's inner circle

Israeli police arrested six suspects in overnight raids early on Sunday, in connection with an ongoing corruption probe which allegedly involves members of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's inner circle and top Israeli defense officials.

The arrests are 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 Netanyahu.

The six were detained following the testimony of former representative of German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp in Israel, Miki Ganor, as a part of his agreement to become a state witness in the investigation.

Ganor turned state witness after days of negotiations, following his arrest on July 10 on suspicion of fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit a crime.

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. Ganor has been put under house arrest and reportedly is being escorted daily to give police testimony in the investigation. The former submarine conglomerate representative was recently moved to an undisclosed location after police were concerned for his safety.

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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