Sharon avoids indictment

16 June 2004
A bribery case against Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was dropped on 15 June by Israel's attorney-general Menachem Mazuz.

Officials had been probing claims that Sharon illegally received large sums from a property developer, but Mazuz said there was insufficient evidence to indict Sharon.

The decision may help Sharon overcome resistance from right-wing factions within his cabinet to his plan to withdraw from Gaza and limited West Bank settlements. It may also assist him in forging a coalition with the left Labor party if necessary to carry out the pullout plan.

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