Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Israeli police question Netanyahu in telecom corruption case

Israeli police question Netanyahu in telecom corruption case

Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday over his alleged dealings with the country's largest telecommunication company.

Netanyahu maintains he is innocent and has denounced allegations against him as a media and police witch hunt.

Media reports said Netanyahu's wife, Sara, and son Yair were also being questioned at another location.

Police in Israel held another interrogation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this Monday over the so-called Case 4000, Israeli Channel Eser, formerly known as Israel 10, said.

The police, who have yet to make a recommendation about charges in the case, reportedly questioned the prime minister in his official residence in Jerusalem al-Quds.

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Another Netanyahu confidant, the former director of the Communications Ministry Shlomo Filber also turned state's witness.

Israel's Yediot Aharonot daily reported that police will question Netanyahu over allegations made by longtime family spokesman Nir Hefetz, one of the confidants arrested and later released.

Israeli police have already recommended indicting Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases.

In the Bezeq case, Netanyahu is alleged to have sought favourable coverage from Elovich's Walla news site in exchange for government policies that may have benefited the mogul's Bezeq by hundreds of millions of dollars.

In return, police say Netanyahu operated on Milchan's behalf on U.S. visa matters, legislated a tax break and connected him with an Indian businessman. Early polls would have shifted attention away from his legal problems, and a win would have shored up his position ahead of a possible indictment.

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