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Police question Israel PM for corruption for tenth time

July 10, 2018 at 11:20 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , 10 July 2018 [Abdülhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]

Israel Police today grilled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over corruption allegations, according to local media.

Investigators questioned the premier at his West Jerusalem home on suspicion that he awarded favours to Israel’s telecom company Bezeq Telecom in return for favourable news coverage.

The probe relates to suspicion that Netanyahu, served as communications minister, advanced regulatory decisions benefiting the telecom company in exchange of positive coverage on the company’s news site.

This was the tenth time in more than a year that Netanyahu was questioned over corruption and fraud by Israeli police.

Read: Netanyahu embroiled in three corruption scandals

Netanyahu has been the subject of criminal investigations in separate corruption cases. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

In February, Israeli police recommended that Netanyahu be indicted for alleged corruption, saying there was now sufficient evidence to formally charge him in two separate graft cases.

The first case involves Israeli Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan, who was allegedly asked to purchase luxury items for Netanyahu and his wife.

The second relates to an alleged deal – again for favourable media coverage – with Arnon Mozes, publisher of Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth.

Israel’s Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit has yet to decide whether to press charges against the prime minister.

Read: Netanyahu questioned by Israel Police in telecom corruption case

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

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