MQG to Attorney General: Investigate the Ministery of Culture for alleged corruption claims

MQG recently called on the Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein, to examine the conduct of Miri Regev, the Minister of Culture, due to suspicions of improper political appointments, following an exposé on Channel 10.

The Channel 10 report revealed parts of the ledger of Eitan Cohen, head of the ministry’s municipalities department, that listed a number of Likud activists allegedly being proposed for various ministry jobs.

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Miri Regev with the background of the controversial ledger

Additionally, in an interview with Meir Swissa, Minister Regev’s media advisor, Swissa claimed regarding the allegations: “That’s how it should be” and confirmed the said ledger’s existence. Those statements, justifying associates’ political appointments in the Ministry of Culture only increase suspicions of improper conduct, and possibly even corruption, in the Ministry.

Furthermore, it is suspected that 2.5 million NIS were delivered to TBWA advertising company without a legal tender in exchange for advertisement service. After the affair was revealed, MQG sent a “freedom of Information” claim to the Ministry of Culture requesting to receive all the Ministry’s contracts and other documents. More than two months have passed since the claim was filed and MQG has yet to receive any form of response from the Ministry of Culture.

In the motion to the Attorney General, MQG explained: “The acts of appointing unfitting personnel and signing contracts without holding auctions as the law requires are damaging the proper administration rules, thus severely wounding the public’s faith in the authorities”.