Investigation launched into plane crash in Greece that killed witness in Netanyahu case


Published: 2021-09-14 15:52

Last Updated: 2022-10-01 19:30

Source: The Independent
Source: The Independent

Greece announced Tuesday that it will open an investigation into the crash of a private plane that occurred Monday near the island of Samos, which killed an Israeli Occupation citizen who, according to the Israeli Occupation prosecution, was scheduled to testify in the trial of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"A local fisherman reported a huge explosion, followed by a small one," Ioannis Kondelis, head of the National Bureau of Air Disaster Investigation and Air Security, told AFP.

Haim Geron, a former deputy director of Israel's Communications Ministry, one of the victims, was due to testify in Benjamin Netanyahu's trial, a spokesperson for the Israeli Occupation's attorney general told AFP.

His wife Esther also died. 

The former prime minister Netanyahu faces charges of corruption, fraud, breach of trust and granting privileges to media moguls in exchange for favorable media coverage.

Prosecutors accused Netanyahu, during his trial in April, of using his power "unlawfully" in the context of mutual benefits with a number of media moguls.

The Israeli Occupation prosecution indicated that Haim Geron was scheduled to testify on legal matters.

The Greek Civil Aviation Authority said the plane took off from Haifa on a private flight and disappeared from radar shortly before its scheduled landing at Samos airport.

The media indicated that the bodies of the two dead were taken to the city of Pythagorio on the coast of the island of Samos.

A team of experts is scheduled to go to Samos on Wednesday to inspect the wreckage of the plane, which occurred two kilometers from the airport, according to Condelis, who "hopes" to be able to provide clarification on the causes of the accident within two weeks.