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Israeli minister questioned on sex allegations

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JERUSALEM (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Israeli police say they questioned a government minister and presumptive presidential candidate over alleged sex offenses.

A spokesman for Silvan Shalom, who is the energy minister, says he cooperated with police during questioning Tuesday. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says the testimony lasted nearly two hours.

The woman making the claim came forward in recent days, telling Israeli Army Radio that 15 years ago, Shalom invited her to his hotel room and had inappropriate sexual relations with her.

The allegation could derail the 55-year-old's candidacy for the largely ceremonial but highly esteemed position. The accusation may not hold up in court because of the time elapsed.

Israel's former president, Moshe Katsav, was jailed after being convicted of raping a former female employee when he was a minister.

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