Netanyahu Faces Charges of Bribery, Fraud and Abuse of Trust

Published July 9th, 2018 - 05:20 GMT
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Israel’s Public Prosecutor's Office will bring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to court within two months on the “Case 4000” of “Bezeq” Telecom company, according to Israeli sources.

The Israeli television channel Kan reported that the prosecution is waiting for the recommendations of the Israeli police in this case.

Teams from the tax and economics departments of Tel Aviv prosecutor are now working on completing the findings in the three issues under which the prime minister is being investigated. Results of the investigation will recommend to sue Netanyahu on charges of bribery, fraud and abuse of trust, according to Israeli media reports.

Netanyahu has previously been investigated in the "Case 4000" and is expected to be investigated again next Tuesday.

The new updates with the case increases pressure on the Israeli PM, who is also facing accusations of bribery and mismanagement in the “Case 1000” and “Case 2000”.

In Case 1000, Netanyahu and his wife, Sarah, are suspected of receiving illicit expensive gifts from millionaire businessman Arnon Milchan. In return Netanyahu, had to lobby the US to renew Milchan’s visa.

Case 2000 involves a suspected illicit deal between Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper publisher that would have seen the prime minister weaken a rival daily, Israel Hayom, in return for more favorable coverage from Yedioth.

Four months ago, Israeli police recommended that Netanyahu be convicted on charges of receiving bribes, fraud and abuse of trust in the case files of the investigation 1000 and 2000.

 

 

The Prosecution is expected to submit its final decision to the Attorney General, who will eventually decide on the form of the indictment and whether it will be submitted first.

Last month, police also continued questioning the PM on a corruption investigation surrounding the purchase of submarines and naval vessels from a German shipbuilder, known as Case 3000.

Case 4000 involves suspicions that Netanyahu advanced regulatory decisions benefiting Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder of Israel’s largest telecommunications firm, Bezeq, in exchange for flattering coverage of the Netanyahus from the Elovitch-owned Walla news site.

Channel 10 said that the Israeli police have SMS messages sent by Netanyahu’s wife, Sarah to Elovitch complaining about an “uncomfortable” report published on Walla news site.

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.

Israeli officials said the prosecution saw a significant link between the two Cases, "2000" and "4000", in which the police have not yet submitted their recommendations.

Sources said the prosecution believes that the two cases are intertwined, and reinforce each other, adding that the connection between the two files is like the status of “all or none.”

Sources don’t expect the recommendations to be mitigated in this case as of the Case 1000.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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