Friday 23 February 2018

Police ‘seeking bribery charges’ for Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu

The politician has denied wrongdoing during a probe into two cases of alleged corruption.

Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Ronen Zvulun/AP)
Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Ronen Zvulun/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Police have recommended indicting Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a pair of corruption cases, according to media reports.

The reported recommendations on Tuesday night do not immediately threaten Mr Netanyahu, but they are deeply embarrassing and could fuel calls for him to step aside.

For months, police have been investigating two cases. In one probe, Mr Netanyahu reportedly received over 100,000 US dollars in gifts from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and other wealthy supporters.

The other is over secret talks with the publisher of a major Israeli newspaper in which Mr Netanyahu allegedly requested positive coverage in exchange for reining in a free pro-Netanyahu daily.

Channels 10 and 2 TV and the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz newspapers reported police recommended indictments in both cases.

The attorney general will now review their conclusions and decide whether to file charges.

Mr Netanyahu has denied wrongdoing.

Press Association

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