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Rape added to corruption offenses against Or Akiva mayor, former minister

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Yaakov Edri, the mayor of the city of Or Akiva and a former government minister, is suspected of rape, along with other serious offenses, a court cleared for publication on Wednesday.

Edri was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of having committed a series of corruption offenses, including bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

There had been a gag order on the publication of police suspicions that Edri had also perpetrated a series of violent sex crimes against female employees in the mayor’s office, including rape. The gag order expired Wednesday after police did not request its renewal, in a decision that appeared to be aimed at encouraging additional women to come forward.

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