State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan on Sunday decided to close the corruption case against Netanya Mayor Miriam Feirberg for lack of evidence. In 2017, the police had recommended charging Feirberg with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in connection with several large real estate deals in the city. Last fall, prosecutors involved in the investigation recommended she be charged with fraud and breach of trust, but not bribery.
In municipal elections in October, Feirberg won a fourth term as mayor with 48 percent of the vote. In subsequent deliberations about her case, the prosecution apparently changed its position on the case, leading Nitzan to close it. “Although the mayor did not act as would be expected of a person in her position, the evidentiary picture assembled is insufficient to issue an indictment on the suspicions investigated,” the Justice Ministry said in a statement.
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