Netanyahu to be Questioned for 5th Time Over Corruption Cases

Published November 9th, 2017 - 11:50 GMT
Police won't either confirm or deny the report (Shutterstock/File)
Police won't either confirm or deny the report (Shutterstock/File)

 

  • Benjamin Netanyahu will be questioned on Thursday for the fifth time over his involvement in two corruption cases
  • In case 1000, it is suspected he received expensive gifts from different businessmen valued at nearly $200,000
  • In case 2000, Netanyahu allegedly negotiated with a publisher to improve his image in Yediot Aharonot in exchange for weakening the newspaper's competitor 
  • Police won't either confirm or deny the report

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to be questioned on Thursday for the fifth time over his involvement in police cases 1000 and 2000.

In Case 1000 (also known as the "Gifts Affair”), it is suspected that he received expensive gifts from different businessmen, and in Case 2000 (dubbed the "Israel Hayom Affair”), he allegedly negotiated with publisher Arnon “Noni” Mozes for favorable coverage of himself in the newspaper Yediot Aharonot in exchange for his support of a bill to weaken Israel Hayom, the largest circulation Hebrew-language newspaper and Yediot’s bitter competitor.

According to Army Radio, Netanyahu is expected to be confronted during the investigation with testimony from Ari Harrow, his former aide who has turned state's witness.

Police won't either confirm or deny the report.

This latest news follows the questioning of Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, on Tuesday by Israeli authorities in relation to Case 1000. Dermer was questioned for intervening on behalf of Netanyahu and requesting a visa for Milchan from former United States Secretary of State John Kerry. The movie producer has been questioned multiple times about the case, most recently in London in September.

 

 

Case 1000 focuses on gifts — champagne, cigars, jets, and hotels — valued at nearly $200,000 that the Netanyahu family received from Milchen and Australian casino giant James Packer.

In April, Israeli police appeared ready to recommend Netanyahu's indictment in the case, though no official charges have been filed against the prime minister.

At its current stage, the Case 1000 probe is focused on discerning whether anything was given to Netanyahu by Milchan and if so, what was exchanged. The investigation is also looking into the visa request and the possibility that Netanyahu intervened in the sale of Channel 2 News. Milchan is a shareholder of Channel 10 News, Channel 2 reported.

Netanyahu has not denied accepting gifts from Milchan but maintained the gifts were presents exchanged between friends and do not constitute bribery or a breach of trust. The prime minister denied any wrongdoing in the incident.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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