Sara Netanyahu to face new interrogation over alleged misuse of public funds
Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will face a second round of questioning by police over allegations that she used taxpayer money for personal expenses.
Mrs. Netanyahu will be interrogated by police on Thursday, Israel Radio reported, along with a former deputy director for operations at the Prime Minister’s Office, Ezra Saidoff. The two are expected to face new witnesses during questioning.
Israel police in May reccommended Mrs. Netanyahu be indicted over alleged misuse of public funds, including allegations that she used taxpayer money for personal expenses. She was questioned by police for five hours under caution last December on suspicion of irregularities in the running of the prime minister's households in Jerusalem and Caesarea.
These allegedly include payments to an electrician who worked at the Netanyahu family villa in the seashore community of Caesarea, the purchase of lawn furniture for that house and expenses pertaining to the care of her father.
During a review of the case, new evidence has emerged in testimony given to the Lahav anti-corruption unit by Menny Naftali, a former caretaker at the PM’s residence.
In May, Naftali was awarded NIS 120,000 ($31,000) in damages after suing the Netanyahus over alleged abusive treatment and wrongful termination. In its ruling, the court said that the Prime Minister's wife, Sara Netanyahu had been verbally abusive and presented Eliyahu with unreasonable demands while under their employ.
Sara Netanyahu and her lawyers have vehemently denied any wrongdoing on her part.
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