German prosecutors have launched their own investigation into the sale of submarines to Israel, where several former aides to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and ex-officials already face corruption-related charges.
Bochum prosecutors told the dpa news agency Tuesday they had opened the case against persons unknown based upon media reports of the ongoing probe in Israel.
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Netanyahu was questioned in the case last summer but isn't a suspect. Israeli police have recommended his personal attorney, David Shimron, who is also his cousin, be indicted on charges of bribery and money laundering.
Several involved in the $2 billion purchase of the submarines from Germany's ThyssenKrupp are alleged to have been part of a massive bribery scheme.
ThyssenKrupp declined to comment on the new probe, saying the company is not under investigation.