Israeli police recommends charging PM Netanyahu for bribery
YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 14, ARMENPRESS. Israeli police on Tuesday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, Reuters reports.
Netanyahu called the allegations baseless and vowed to complete his fourth term in office.
One of the cases, known as Case 1000, alleged the “committing of crimes of bribery, fraud and breach of trust by the prime minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu.”
In a detailed statement, police named Arnon Milchan, a Hollywood producer and Israeli citizen, and Australian businessman James Packer, saying that for nearly a decade, from 2007 to 2016, they gave gifts that included champagne, cigars and jewelry to Netanyahu and his family.
The second, Case 2000, also alleged “bribery, fraud and breach of trust by the prime minister” and by the publisher of the biggest-selling Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Arnon Mozes. The two men, police said, discussed ways of slowing the growth of a rival daily newspaper, Israel Hayom, “through legislation and other means”.
Netanyahu, who has denied wrongdoing, has been questioned several times by police since the start of 2017.