Petah Tikva mayor filmed taking money from man involved in his alleged corruption case

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A clip of Petah Tikva Mayor Rami Greenberg, who was arrested last week on suspicion of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, has surfaced, apparently showing him accepting a stack of cash from a local businessman allegedly involved in his corruption case.

The clip was released by Channel 12 on Monday after it began circulating on WhatsApp groups for residents of Petah Tikva. The network said the man seen counting a stack of cash and handing it to Greenberg is involved in the case against the mayor, but did not identify him or elaborate further.

It was unclear when the video was filmed.

Greenberg was arrested last Wednesday and has been behind bars ever since. On Monday, the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court ordered that his pretrial detention be extended for another four days. During the remand hearing, an emotional Greenberg said his cell in the Abu Kabir detention center in Tel Aviv was infested with ticks, bedbugs and cockroaches, which prevented him from sleeping.

Judge Gil Gabai, who accepted the prosecution’s argument that Greenberg’s release could lead the mayor to tamper with the investigation, ordered police to look into his allegations about his jail cell.

Greenberg also denies taking bribes.

According to Channel 12, Greenberg struck an illicit deal with the businessman in the video under which the mayor would approve a series of building plans in Petah Tikva in exchange for the businessman delivering hundreds of thousands of shekels in his election campaign.

Petah Tikva Mayor Rami Greenberg on December 5, 2017. (Rami Greenberg/ Wikipedia CC-BY-4.0)

The money was reportedly transferred to a bank account in China to be harder to track, the network said.

Greenberg tried to press ahead with construction plans after his election in 2018, but faced opposition from residents, including a community activist named Yaron Kadoshim.

Greenberg allegedly threatened the company that employed Kadoshim’s wife with losing city funds if she was not fired, Channel 12 reported, without citing any sources.

The businessman then began leaking incriminating videos of Greenberg, like the one posted on Monday, warning that others would follow if the mayor did not push through with construction plans as promised, according to Channel 12.

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