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Sharon's son ordered to hand over documents

Ruling comes day after prosecutor recommends indictment

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Sharon's son ordered to hand over documents

The scandal known as 'the Greek island affair'
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JERUSALEM (CNN) -- The Israel Supreme Court ruled Monday that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's son must hand over documents related to an ongoing corruption investigation.

Gilad Sharon has refused to hand over the documents. The Supreme Court ruling Monday came in an appeal by Gilad Sharon of a lower court decision.

The high court ruling came a day after Israel's chief prosecutor officially recommended indicting Ariel Sharon for allegedly taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes when he was foreign minister.

Both Ariel Sharon and son Gilad have denied any wrongdoing.

Chief prosecutor Edna Arbel made her recommendation to Israel's Attorney General Meni Mazuz.

Israel's Channel 2 has reported that it would likely be a month until Mazuz reaches a decision on whether to follow the recommendation.

When prosecutors recommend an indictment, the attorney general usually goes along with it, according to Moshe Negbi, an Israeli legal analyst.

But in this case, Negbi said: "I wouldn't place too much significance on the recommendation until the attorney general makes his decision."

The scandal involves allegations that Israeli businessman David Appel paid $690,000 in bribes to Sharon when he was foreign minister in the late 1990s. Appel has already been indicted in the scandal dubbed the Greek Island affair.

The indictment against Appel said bribes -- which also allegedly went to Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, a close associate of Sharon's, and Sharon's son Gilad -- were used to get aid to develop a Greek real estate project and secure the rezoning of land near Tel Aviv.

Sharon was Israeli foreign minister and Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem from 1998 to 1999. Both officials are members of the Likud party.

Sharon has rejected calls to resign because of the scandal. There is no law stating that a prime minister must step down if indicted.

CNN's Yoav Appel contributed to this report.

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