Saturday, June 4, 2011

Found dead tycoon Sammy Ofer Israeli

Tel Aviv (Reuters) The Israeli shipping magnate Sammy Ofer has been found dead Friday in his home, said Friday the Israel TV Channel 10. Ofer Brothers Group is in the midst of a scandal over its dealings with Iran. Sammy Ofer, 89, was one of the richest men in Israel. Channel 10 gave no details of the death and police have not made any official announcement.

U.S. sanctions imposed last month against the Ofer Brothers Group, accusing him of selling oil tankers to Iran, the main enemy of Israel. Sammy Ofer and his brother Yuli, co-owner of the company have denied any wrongdoing. This sale will jump the international sanctions against the sale and purchase of certain goods to Iran.

The company was to ensure that trade with Iran had the approval of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, although the president has denied. Some media in Israel speculate that this trade they had in order to perform espionage against Iran. The Islamic Republic has denied commercial contacts with the Israeli authorities or with a private Israeli company.

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