Sharon bribery decision due

15 June 2004
A decision is due on 15 June on whether Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will face charges over his role in a bribery scandal. The announcement will be made by Israel's attorney general Menachem Mazuz.

Officials have been investigating claims into a claim that Sharon received large sums of money from a property developer.

Many Israeli media reports have speculated that the attorney general has decided there is not enough evidence to indict Sharon. A preliminary report received Mazuz reportedly concluded there was not enough evidence to proceed with the case.

The allegations stem from what has become known as the Greek Island affair, in which Sharon's son is alleged to have accepted a large sum of money from an Israeli businessman who wanted to develop a Greek island into a tourist resort. Although the project was never completed, Sharon is accused of having used his position as then foreign affairs minister to try to win the Greek government's approval for the plan.

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