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Netanyahu's lawyer says nothing criminal in receipt of pricey gifts

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Following prime minister's police questioning, lawyer also says mysterious second case doesn't involve a crime

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's attorney on Friday dismissed the possibility of criminal charges following reports that the leader had for years received from a wealthy film producer gifts of cigars worth tens of thousands of shekels annually for several years.

Netanyahu was questioned under caution by police for the second time in a week on Thursday night in what media outlets say is a corruption probe.

Attorney Yaakov Weinroth said on Friday that "any reasonable person" understands that a "close friend" giving cigars as a gift was not a criminal offense.

He also referred to a second case in which police are questioning Netanyahu, and whose details have been tightly kept under wraps.

Weinroth said that the second case did not involve money, loans, or any kind of crime.

Police questioned Netanyahu for about five hours on Thursday, following a three-hour session on Monday.

A police statement said that over the past few days another suspect was investigated in connection with the case but did not provide additional details

Israel's National Radio reported that the head of the National Fraud Investigation Unit was with the team of investigators that had arrived at the Prime Minister's residence for Thursday's questioning.

Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing, saying repeatedly that nothing will come of the probes.

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