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Israel PM questioned for first time in corruption case

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the 54th Munich Security Conference (MSC) at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany on 18 February, 2018 [Andreas Gerbert/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [Andreas Gerbert/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu underwent five hours of police questioning today regarding his involvement in corruption allegations known as Case 4000.

His wife, Sara, was questioned at the same time regarding the case in an effort to prevent the obstruction of justice, local media reported.

According to details of the case, Netanyahu is suspected of providing confidential information to Israel's largest telecoms company in an effort to receive favourable coverage.

His wife is thought to have also applied pressure on media mogul's wives to convince them to change their organisations' reporting.

This is the first time that Netanyahu has been formally questioned in the case.

The Israeli PM is currently entangled in three other political scandals: Case 1000 which involves allegations that the PM and his wife accepted illegal gifts from businessmen; Case 2000 which accuses Netanyahu of attempting to buy favourable newspaper coverage; and Case 3000, also known as the "submarine scandal".

Read: Israeli police probe Netanyahu's close associates over corruption

Netanyahu's corruption scandal - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Netanyahu's corruption scandal – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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