In this Nov. 20, 2014 file picture the ThyssenKrupp headquarters are pictured in Essen, Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Israeli lawyers petitioned the Supreme Court Tuesday to intervene over the awarding of a defense contract to Germany's ThyssenKrupp amid allegations of a conflict of interest involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's own lawyer.The petition, sponsored by Erel Margalit, a high-tech entrepreneur and opposition member of Israel's Parliament, argues that there was a lack of transparency in how a $2 billion order for three submarines and four patrol vessels was awarded to ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.Shimron represented the intermediary on the deal, Israeli businessman Miki Ganor, who Israeli media say is set to earn $10 million.Secondly, since the deal was finalized in October, it has emerged that Iran's foreign investment fund is a major shareholder in ThyssenKrupp, with a 4.5 percent stake.Instead of a tender, the $450 million contract was awarded to ThyssenKrupp.
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