Probe finds Pro-Barak NPOs Acted Illegally in 1999 Election Campaign

Published December 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

An investigation into Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) suspected of having operated illegally on behalf of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's 1999 campaign for the premiership, has found that three of the NPOs operated in violation of the law, reported Haaretz newspaper, quoting the Israeli radio on Wednesday. 

The report said that the three NPOs acted in contradiction to the stated goals under which they were established.  

Barak has denied any knowledge of the organizations' operations, but the revelations could damage his present campaign for re-election, as they involve his brother-in-law and other close associates, said the report.  

The radio said the state Registrar of Not-for-Profit Organizations recommends dismantling at least one of the NPOs, the Roved organization for immigrant absorption, co-founded by Barak's brother-in-law Doron Cohen.  

The findings are to be presented later Wednesday to the Knesset State Control Committee.  

The Registrar will tell the committee that Roved's lawyers refused to answer his questions, relenting only when he turned to the police for help, said the report.  

Roved is believed to have funded opinion polls for the Barak campaign, and its resources were loaned out to other NPOs, in violation of laws governing the organizations.  

A Labor Party spokesman told the radio that the Registrar, affiliated with the Likud opposition, had acted in a biased manner in order to hurt Barak's present campaign. 

Barak had a massive win in the May 1999 elections, defeating Benjamin Netanyahu who later quit the Knesset -- Albawaba.com 

 

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