Police suspect bribery and breach of trust in Netanyahu graft probes
AMIR COHEN (AFP)
Israeli police told the court Thursday that they suspect bribery and breach of trust in the two corruption cases involving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Israeli police put a gag order Thursday on all news regarding the prime minister's connection to the ongoing investigations.
Netanyahu responded to the claims in a statement and affirmed that claims against him were false, explaining the case was "doomed to fail because there will be nothing because there was nothing."
The move comes just days after Hebrew media reported that Netanyahu's former chief of staff, Ari Harow, was expected to turn state's witness in the ongoing corruption probe.
Harow, who resigned from his post in the Prime Minister's Office in January 2015 in order to work on Netanyahu's election campaign, has been under police investigation since December 2015 on suspicion of fraud and breach of trust. Police has recommended he be indicted on those offenses, but the Attorney General has yet to file formal charges.
Netanyahu is currently under investigation in a series of probes involving alleged financial corruption, including into an alleged 'quid pro quo' arrangement between Netanyahu and Israeli media mogul Arnon "Noni" Mozes, which would have provided benefit to Mozes' Yedioth Ahronot newspaper in exchange for more favorable coverage for the premier.
Recordings of the 2014 discussion between Netanyahu and Mozes were uncovered by police on Harow's computer during the course of their investigation into the former Netanyahu aide.
Separately, police are also looking into whether Netanyahu has received illicit gifts from Israeli and foreign businessmen worth hundreds of thousands of shekels in a graft probe dubbed “Case 1000.”
The investigations have stirred Israeli politics and led to speculation over whether Netanyahu will eventually be forced to step down.
Netanyahu, for his part, has adamantly denied any wrongdoing.
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