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Israel's Lieberman cleared of corruption charges
November 6, 2013 / 7:25 AM / in 4 years

Israel's Lieberman cleared of corruption charges

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, a key ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was cleared of corruption charges in court on Wednesday, paving the way for a political comeback.

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, (C) steps out of a car as he arrives to hear the verdict in the corruption charges against him at the Magistrate Court in Jerusalem November 6, 2013. Lieberman, a key ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will hear on Wednesday whether or not he has been found guilty of corruption. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

The right-wing powerbroker, a hardliner on peace talks with the Palestinians, stepped down as head of the foreign ministry last year after being charged with fraud and breach of trust over the appointment process of a ambassador.

The Jerusalem Magistrate Court decided unanimously to acquit Lieberman.

Reporting by Maayan Lubell, Editing by Jeffrey Heller

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