JERUSALEM, Dec. 20 -- Prosecutors said today that they had agreed to a plea bargain in which a senior Israeli air force officer would repay millions of dollars in bribes he is accused of accepting while purchasing U.S.-made military equipment.
According to the agreement, Brig. Gen. Rami Dotan will be required to return $10 million in bribes and kickbacks he allegedly accepted while heading the Defense Ministry's department of military acquisitions in New York in 1984-85. Dotan also agreed to supply investigators with names of others involved in the scam, Israel radio said.
In exchange, no charges will be brought against Dotan's wife, who also was accused of involvement, the radio said.
The scandal shocked Israel's military establishment and raised concerns it might jeopardize $1.8 billion in annual U.S. military aid to Israel.
In describing the plea bargain signed last week, Brig. Gen. Amnon Strashnov, the chief military prosecutor, dismissed criticism that the deal could limit further disclosures. "There is no attempt to hide or to cover up anything here," he said.
Strashnov said that besides allegedly accepting bribes, Dotan is accused of fraud, breach of trust, receiving money illegally and conspiracy to commit a crime.
The plea bargain must be accepted by a military court. Dotan was arrested in October and resigned as air force chief of logistics. He is one of the highest-ranking officers ever brought to trial in a weapons scandal.