Police to grill Netanyahu next week over new evidence of graft – report

Police investigators are anticipated to query Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the tenth time on Tuesday next week, confronting him for the primary time with evidence from two former shut associates who’ve turned state’s witness, Hadashot News reported Monday.

The state’s witnesses are Nir Hefetz, a former director of the Prime Minister’s Office and Shlomo Filber, former director of the Communications Ministry.

Hefetz is believed to have offered testimony in all three of the instances during which Netanyahu is a suspect.

In Case 1000, Netanyahu and his spouse, Sara, are suspected of receiving illicit presents amounting to some NIS 1 million ($282,000) value of lavish presents from the Israeli-born Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian resort proprietor James Packer, allegedly in return for sure advantages.

Former media adviser to the prime minister Nir Hefetz arrives for a remand listening to in Case 4000 on the Tel Aviv District Court, February 22, 2018 (Flash90)

Case 2000 includes a suspected illicit quid-pro-quo deal between Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper writer Arnon Mozes that may have seen the prime minister weaken a rival day by day, the Sheldon Adelson-backed Israel Hayom, in return for extra favorable protection from Yedioth.

The state prosecution is at the moment contemplating whether or not to indict the prime minister in instances 1000 and 2000, after police in February really useful placing him on trial in each on fees of bribe taking.

Case 4000 includes suspicions that Netanyahu, who served as communications minister for a number of years over his previous two phrases as premier, superior regulatory selections benefiting Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder of Israel’s largest telecommunications agency, Bezeq, in trade for flattering protection of the Netanyahus from the Elovitch-owned Walla information website.

Filber signed a deal in February to flip state’s witness and probably incriminate the prime minister in Case 4000.

Shlomo Filber, director-general of the Communications Ministry, arrives for extension of his remand in Case 4000 on the Magistrate’s Court in Rishon Letzion, February 18, 2018. (Flash90)

Netanyahu and his household have denied any wrongdoing in all of the instances.

Last month, police apparently shocked Netanyahu by making him consider that he could be questioned about Case 4000 and as an alternative specializing in a corruption investigation surrounding the acquisition of submarines and naval vessels from a German shipbuilder, often known as Case 3000.

It was the primary time he had been confronted over the allegations during which a number of of his key confidants are implicated.

Netanyahu has by no means been named as a suspect in Case 3000.

Raoul Wootliff contributed to this report.

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