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Israeli prosecutor to recommend indicting Netanyahu on corruption

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Brussels, Belgium on 11 December 2017 [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Brussels, Belgium on 11 December 2017 [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

The Israeli Attorney General is expected to recommend indicting Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of receiving bribes, Israel Channel 10 reported.

According to the channel, Nir Hefetz, the Netanyahu family’s former top media adviser has provided new information of great importance in the corruption case known as ‘Case 2000’ which could lead to further arrests.

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The channel said that the Israeli police have SMS messages sent by Netanyahu’s wife, Sarah to Bezeq telecommunication company owner, Shaul Elovitch complaining about an “uncomfortable” report published on Walla news site in reference to Case 2000. Case 2000 involves suspicion that Netanyahu may have advanced regulations benefiting Bezeq in exchange for positive coverage on Elovitch news site, Walla.

The messages were sent a day after Netanyahu agreed to the merger between Bezeq Telecommunications Company and the satellite-television company Yes which gave Bezeq a huge tax exemption from Netanyahu.

The Israeli police recommended three months ago that Netanyahu be tried for corruption in two cases, Case 1000 and Case 2000, but the state prosecutor still has to decide whether to indict him or not.

Netanyahu is also being investigated in Case 3000 which involves suspicion regarding Israel’s purchase of German submarines.

 

 

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