Sharon Son Said to Destroy Tapes in Probe


Israel’s state attorney has recommended that the prime minister and his son Gilad be indicted in the so-called “Greek Island Affair,” in which a real estate developer allegedly paid them hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for help in promoting a tourism project.

If indicted, Sharon could be forced to resign. But the final decision on whether to indict the prime minister and his son for bribe-taking is up to Israel’s attorney general, who is expected to rule in the coming weeks.

Testifying for the first time on the issue, Gilad Sharon said he had destroyed the tapes of his deal with real estate developer David Appel shortly after finalizing the agreement because he no longer needed them.

Gilad Sharon was ordered by Israel’s Supreme Court to turn over the tapes and documents last month. At the time, his lawyers said he would comply, but it might take time because much of the material was in the hands of others.

The Sharons are also facing another corruption investigation concerning a questionable loan they took to cover a 1999 campaign contribution.