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Prosecution witness in Netanyahu trial killed in plane crash in Greece

CM 14/09/2021

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The bodies of two people have been recovered from the sea after an Israeli light aircraft crashed near the eastern Aegean island of Samos on Monday evening, Greek media said.
The plane, a Cessna 172, reportedly departed from Israel and “encountered a problem on approach to the island’s airport,” crashing nearby.
The victims of the crash were named Haim Garon and his wife, Esti. Haim, a former deputy director of the Communications Ministry, was to be a prosecution witness in the trial of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Garon was not considered a key witness, however, and his death will not prevent the case from proceeding. The most important witnesses from the Communications Ministry are Shlomo Filber and Avi Berger. Following them are several less senior ministry officials, one of whom was Garon. He was due to be called to testify in the Communications Ministry section of the trial.
The couple left on Monday afternoon on a flight from Haifa and the accident occurred at around 7:45 p.m.
“We spotted the debris of the aircraft in the sea about a mile south of the airport,” a Greek coastguard official told Reuters.
It was initially unclear what the problem was, although evidence seems to suggest a technical fault with the engine, CNN reported.
 The Greek island of Samos. (credit: PIXABAY) The Greek island of Samos. (credit: PIXABAY) 
Greek rescue forces located the crash site and the family have been informed. There were no other passengers on board, reports said. 
Israeli consular officials in Athens and the Department for Israelis Abroad at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will  assist in repatriating the couple’s remains.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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