Netanyahu's legal troubles mount as police seek new bribery charges

Marsha Scott
December 3, 2018

This time it is on suspicion that the leader eased business regulations for the country's largest telecommunications company in exchange for favourable coverage for him and his wife on a popular news website owned by the firm. "I am certain that after considering the matters the same conclusion will be reached in this case as well".

Livni, who also leads the Hatnuah liberal party, issued the call shortly after the police recommended indicting the premier and his wife, as well as media mogul Shaul Elovitch and his wife, Iris, for bribery and other corruption allegations in an investigation dubbed Case 4000.

Earlier this year, investigators also recommended that Netanyahu be tried for allegedly taking almost $300,000 worth of gifts including expensive cigars and champagne from wealthy friends including Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer.

The prime minister has denied any wrongdoing.

Both Netanyahu and his wife have been hounded by corruption allegations. In exchange, Netanyahu and his wife struck a deal with Elovitch, giving the Israeli prime minister favorable coverage on the Walla news site.

There was, however, insufficient evidence to charge Mr Netanyanu's son Yair, police said. The country's attorney general is now expected to decide the next step.

Mr Netanyahu heads a fragile coalition, but he appears confident the allegations will not spur early elections.

"These recommendations were determined and leaked even before the investigations began", Netanyahu said in a statement after the third recommended indictment against him in recent months.

Заказывал словечко и неплохо себя чувствовал израильская полиция выдвинула подозрения Нетаньяху

The police recommendations are non-binding.

The next legislative poll is scheduled for November 2019.

However, he may want to seek a renewed mandate from the people to force a prosecutor to think twice before indicting him.

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.

Two of his top confidants have turned state witnesses and are believed to have provided police with incriminating evidence.

The police's recommendation has triggered calls for Netanyahu to resign immediately.

According to a police statement, authorities found evidence of fraud, bribery, and breach of trust. Netanyahu held the government's communications portfolio until past year and oversaw regulation in the field.

The prime minister compared his defense to Hanukkah, which celebrates "the victory of light over darkness", he said.

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