Police to deliver recommendations next week in Netanyahu graft probes: report
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Israeli police are expected to reveal to the justice ministry their decisions on whether to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in two long-running corruption investigations, Israel's Hadashot news reported on Tuesday.
The channel reported that police will pass the case files to the state prosecutor's office on either Monday or Tuesday, after a final meeting this week in which investigators will present their conclusive findings to police chief Roni Alsheikh.
The two cases surrounding Netanyahu are known as Case 1000 and Case 2000.
The former centers on suspicions that Netanyahu received gifts such as expensive champagne and cigars from wealthy businessmen including film producer Arnon Milchan and Australian casino mogul James Packer, in exchange for favorable government treatment.
In Case 2000, police are reportedly examining conversations with newspaper proprietor Noni Mozes, leaked excerpts of which were sensationally broadcast on Israeli television earlier this year, which revealed an alleged quid pro quo' arrangement with the Yedioth Ahronoth publisher to limit circulation of the newspaper's main rival in exchange for more favorable coverage.
Hadashot has previously reported that police are expected to recommend charging the prime minister for alleged bribery. Haaretz newspaper reported in January that police have "conclusive" evidence of wrongdoing.
Netanyahu has repeatedly denied any illegal conduct in either case, and complained of the investigators' frequent leaks to the media.
Tuesday's report said that the police would also notify the media of their recommendations to the prosecutors.
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The task of the police is to gather facts and to submit those fact to the Attorney-general. Police are not authorised to make 'recomendations,. Their sole task is to investigate and present the facts. And it's certainly not their job to leak informatiln to the media.