Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz is seen before the start of a hearing at Magistrate's Court in Rishon Lezion August 14, 2017. REUTERS/Ilan Assayag
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Israeli police Monday detained diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz and four others as part of an international money laundering investigation, authorities said.It was the second time Steinmetz had been detained by Israeli authorities since December, when the magnate was placed under house arrest as part of a corruption probe involving mining deals in the African nation of Guinea.Besides the Guinea investigation, the Israeli billionaire was charged in Romania last year with forming an organized criminal group and money laundering in a property-related case that cost the state $145 million.Israeli police said five suspects had been detained Monday morning for questioning on suspicions including money laundering, fraud, forgery, obstruction of justice and bribery.
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