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Netanyahu denies report of imminent questioning in 'submarine affair'

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony following the arrival of the INS Tanin, a Dolphin AIP class submarine, to a naval base in the northern city of Haifa, Israel, Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Israeli media reported that Netanyahu's former personal lawyer is likely to indicted

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday repeated that he has nothing to do with a graft scandal known as the "submarine affair" that has enveloped members of his inner circle, after a television report claimed he would be quizzed by detectives.

The report on Hadashot said that police would likely ask the premier to give "open" evidence and then be questioned under caution.

No sources were cited in the report, however the other, unrelated investigations into the prime minister's conduct have been flush with leaks from investigators and judicial sources.

Several former military personnel and associates of Netanyahu have been questioned and detained in the affair, including his former personal lawyer and relative, David Shimron.

Hadashot reported that Shimron, along with three others, were likely to be served indictments in the case.

Another personal lawyer and close confidante of Netanyahu who was implicated in the affair, Yitzhak Molcho, will reportedly be spared.

Police reportedly suspect bribes were solicited during negotiations between German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp and the Israeli government over the purchase of new submarines for Israel's navy.

Shortly after the report was aired, Netanyahu dismissed it as "speculation".

"Time after time they try to connect the prime minister to the submarine affair, while the Justice Ministry has already made it clear that the prime minister is not suspected of anything," the statement read.

"We have heard many prophecies over time and a lot of speculation about what might be, but one thing is clear: there will be nothing because there was nothing."

In June last year, Haaretz newspaper also reported that Netanyahu would be quizzed by police investigating the submarine purchase.


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