Israeli Police Recommend Indicting Prime Minister Netanyahu on Bribery Charges

02 December, 2018, 20:57 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Israel Police Recommend Indicting Benjamin Netanyahu In Corruption Probe

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara should be indicted for bribery in a corruption scandal known as Case 4000, the Israel Police have recommended.

According to a police statement, authorities found evidence of fraud, bribery, and breach of trust.

Police say their investigation has established an evidentiary foundation to charge Netanyahu and his wife Sara with accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust.

Despite his dominance of Israeli politics, the newest police recommendation comes just after his right-wing coalition's majority was reduced to a precarious one seat in parliament.

He is already considering whether to charge Mr Netenyahu in two other cases, one relating to allegations the politician accepted presents from businessmen.

The prime minister has denied any wrongdoing, dismissing the accusations as a witch hunt orchestrated by the media. Hefetz was the third confidant of the prime minister to become a witness in various cases, joining former communications ministry director general Shlomo Filber and former chief of staff Ari Harow.

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Mr Netanyahu is accused of seeking favourable coverage from another Elovitch company, the Walla news site, in exchange for policies that could have benefited the mogul's business interests.

Mr Netanyahu did not mention the allegations in his comments at the start of a cabinet meeting later in the day.

"The police recommendations regarding me and my wife don't surprise anyone", Mr Netanyahu said in a statement.

Denying the charges today, Netanyahu said: "There was nothing because there is nothing".

Bezeq telecom company's controlling shareholder Shaul Elovitch, seen here in a Tel Aviv courtroom on February 22, 2018, is suspected of involvement in a scandal in which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu allegedly advanced regulatory decisions as communications minister that benefited Bezeq, in exchange for positive coverage on the company's Walla news site. They also said he should be indicted for influence-peddling after discussing a deal with powerful newspaper publisher Arnon Mozes to push through legislation that would hurt a rival daily in exchange for good coverage. Netanyahu held the government's communications portfolio until previous year and oversaw regulation in the field.

The decision to indict the Prime Minister can only be made by the Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, who will now review the findings of the police investigation.

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