Israel reinstates envoy Lieberman

AFP-JIJI

Israel’s Cabinet on Sunday approved the reinstatement of Avigdor Lieberman as foreign minister nearly a year after he resigned to fight corruption charges of which he has now been acquitted.

The reappointment will become official after he is sworn in Monday in the legislature, a spokesman for Lieberman said.

The stocky 55-year-old quit last December after being charged with fraud and breach of trust for appointing diplomat Zeev Ben Aryeh as ambassador to Latvia after he tipped off Lieberman about a police probe into his affairs.

The three judges at the Jerusalem Magistrates Court on Wednesday said Lieberman had engaged in “inappropriate conduct” but they did not find this worthy of a criminal conviction.