Sharon’s son destroys evidence

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  • Thursday, 22 Apr 2004

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's son Gilad has erased videotapes he was ordered to submit to a corruption investigation against his father, his lawyer said on Tuesday. 

“My client Gilad Sharon told judges today that he has erased the videotapes they had requested,” Mikha Petman told Israeli public television. 

The Israeli Supreme Court last month ordered Gilad to turn in all relevant documents in a corruption investigation against his father in the so-called “Greek island” scandal. 

Israel's former chief prosecutor has recommended the country's attorney-general prosecute Sharon for accepting bribes from contractor David Appel for his help in securing a major Greek property deal. 

Appel was indicted in January on charges of trying to bribe Sharon when he was foreign minister, through his son Gilad, in exchange for their help in getting the property deal approved. 

Petman said there was nothing untoward about the tapes having been erased. 

“Gilad Sharon made the tapes to record their co-operation, and he erased them because they were no longer needed after David Appel signed in May 2000 a binding contract on the matter. That's the truth, there is nothing criminal in this affair,” said the lawyer. 

Petman said that Gilad, who has so far exercised his right to silence in the proceedings, was forced by the Supreme Court order to explain the videotapes no longer exist. – AFP  

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