Police recommend Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted for bribery

03 December, 2018, 00:34 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Israel Police Recommend Indicting Benjamin Netanyahu In Corruption Probe

In a joint statement with the Israel Securities Authority, Israeli police said that sufficient evidence was found to bring bribery charges against Netanyahu and his wife.

A statement issued on Sunday says that Netanyahu is suspected of accepting bribes in exchange for policy decisions that favored Shaul Elovitch, a media mogul that controlled Israel's largest telecom firm, Bezeq, and the Walla News website.

One of them centres on an allegation that Mr Netanyahu asked the publisher of an Israeli newspaper, Yediot Aharonot, for positive coverage in exchange for help in reining in a rival publication.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be charged with bribery and fraud, police have said. "No Bibi, no investigation", he claimed was the motto of investigators, Netanyahu said, referring to himself by his nickname.

That act launched what is today known as Case 4000.

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

The other is Mr Shlomo Filber, a Netanyahu ally for more than 20 years and former director general of the communications ministry.

In return, the couple are alleged to have been given more positive coverage on Walla! news website, owned by Bezeq.

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Mr Elovitch was chairman and controlling shareholder of Bezeq at the time of the allegations.

Following the latest statement from police on Sunday, opposition politicians once again called on Netanyahu to resign. "Israel must go to elections". "The police recommendations have no legal standing".

Netanyahu's colleagues in the ruling Likud party have lined up behind up, attacking outgoing Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh for releasing the recommendation on his last day on the job.

The appointment of Alsheikh's potential successor is being held up after a government-appointed committee rejected his candidacy, and Netanyahu has repeatedly criticized the police as the investigations into his behavior have mounted.

The attorney general will now decide whether to bring indictments in the case. Netanyahu now leads a coalition with a razor-thin 61 seat majority in the 120-seat parliament. The next national election is not due until November 2019.

Police said they have enough evidence to show Netanyahu and his wife Sara accepted bribes and committed fraud and breach of trust.

A week later, his wife was indicted for allegedly misusing a total of 350,000 shekels (around US$96,000) in official funds to order extravagant meals at their official residence in Jerusalem between 2010 and 2013.

In 2016, a court ruled she abused an employee and awarded the man $42,000 in damages. Mr Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing.

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