Israeli police recommend indicting PM for bribery

03 December, 2018, 02:45 | Author: Donnie King
  • Israel Police Recommend Indicting Benjamin Netanyahu In Corruption Probe

The police also recommended that charges of fraud and breach of trust be brought against Netanyahu and his wife.

Police said today thay have enough evidence to charge Netanyahu, 69, and his wife Sara with fraud, accepting bribes and breach of trust.

The Israeli Prime Minister is accused of interfering in regulatory decisions in favour of the Bezeq group and it's chief shareholder Shaul Elovitch - in exchange for favorable reporting on the Walla news website.

The case revolves around suspicions that confidants of Netanyahu promoted regulations worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the Bezeq telecom company in exchange for positive coverage of the prime minister on Bezeq's news website, Walla.

Mr Netanyahu immediately rejected the accusations, but the three cases against him have led to speculation that they could eventually force the long-serving prime minister to step down.

The investigations never came close to connecting Netanyahu and Elovitch, but the overreaction by the two sides and the alleged efforts at obstruction would produce the paper trail that gave police the leverage to convince both Yeshua and Hefetz, as well as other officials, to turn state's witnesses, bringing their testimony and mountains of evidence - including Yeshua's written testimony from December 28, 2016, as well as his phone - into investigators' hands.

If the indictment comes first, it is unclear how or if Netanyahu will be able to remain Prime Minister. The prime minister has argued that he is the victim of a left-wing and media conspiracy to topple his conservative government.




"Police recommendations have no legal status", he said in a statement.

The police recommendations do not have any immediate impact on Netanyahu.

Mr Netanyahu did not mention the allegations in his comments at the start of a cabinet meeting later in the day.

The final decision on whether to indict rests with Israel's attorney-general, who is still weighing whether to charge Netanyahu in the other two cases. His wife already faces trial in a separate case for allegedly misusing state funds.

"The question is what will happen first: Will the attorney-general decide to prosecute or will the Government collapse?" said Reuven Hazan, a professor of political science at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

"A prime minister with so many criminal cases around him can not continue in his job and must resign", said Avi Gabbay, the head of the Labor party. "The people of Israel deserve clean leadership". Those benefits included restricting competition in the Israeli ground-line phone market, among other decisions taken by Netanyahu in the years he served as communications minister.

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