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Israel Police to release recommendations on Netanyahu charges

Thousands of people gather to protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over alleged corruption at the Habima Square in Tel-Aviv, Israel on December 30, 2017 [Kobi Wolf / Anadolu Agency]
Thousands of people gather to protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over alleged corruption in Tel-Aviv, Israel on 30 December 2017 [Kobi Wolf / Anadolu Agency]

Israel Police “are expected to send the summary of their investigation against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the prosecutor’s office next week”, reports Haaretz, “and release their recommendations on whether there is sufficient evidence to indict him”.

In recent weeks, Israeli authorities finished their work in two cases known as Case 1000 and Case 2000, with recommendations expected by Tuesday.

The first case, reports Haaretz, “involves allegations that Netanyahu and his family received lavish gifts from leading business figures including Israeli-born Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan, raising suspicions that the businessmen received something in return.”

The second case, meanwhile, “involves allegations that Netanyahu negotiated with the publisher of the Yedioth Ahronoth daily, Arnon Mozes, over possible changes in government policy that would benefit Yedioth in exchange for favourable coverage of the prime minister”.

Read: Tens of thousands of Israelis protest against Netanyahu, corruption

Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing, claiming “there is nothing illegal about accepting gifts from friends, and that he never intended to follow through with proposed steps discussed with Mozes”.

Haaretz notes that today “the head of the Israel Police, Roni Alsheich, is expected to meet with police investigators to finalize the recommendations in the cases”.

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