Israel's Avigdor Lieberman to be formally indicted on fraud charges

Avigdor Lieberman

Avigdor Lieberman

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is to be formally indicted on corruption charges.

Mr Lieberman, the leader of the right wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, was told by Israel's attorney general Yehuda Weinstein that he would face charges on fraud, money laundering, breach of trust and witness tampering.

It is the latest stage in a long-running probe into Mr Lieberman's conduct, which began with allegations that his party breached campaign rules in 2000.

Mr Lieberman has maintained his innocence and is not expected to resign at this point.

Last updated: 5:38pm, April 13 2011