Saturday 24 August 2019

Aide to Israeli PM grilled by police over submarines deal

Benjamin Netanyahu is not a suspect (AP)
Benjamin Netanyahu is not a suspect (AP)

Police have questioned Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's closest associate over the country's purchase of German submarines, it is reported.

Israeli media identified Isaac Molho on Tuesday as the second prominent lawyer to be grilled this week on the case.

He joins his law partner David Shimron, Mr Netanyahu's personal lawyer, who has long been linked to the affair.

Mr Netanyahu is not a suspect in the case, but the investigation has engulfed his closest associates.

It relates to a possible conflict of interest involving a two billion US dollar purchase of German submarines.

Mr Shimron, who is also Mr Netanyahu's cousin, represented the German firm involved and is suspected of trading his influence in return for a hefty cut of the deal.

A former Cabinet minister and top former security officials have also been questioned.


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