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Israeli police accuse Netanyahu in two cases of corruption

The investigators recommend that the Prime Minister, who announces that he will remain in office

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Israeli police accuse Netanyahu in two cases of corruption

The Israeli police anti-fraud brigade has formally indicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption Tuesday in two cases of corruption. The detectives, who have been investigating president for more than a year and who have interrogated him six times, recommend to Public Prosecutor's office to be charged for cofact, with a profit equivalent to one million shequels (about 250,000 euros), because of perception of Gifts from a billionaire friend and by conflict of interest with media group owner. Netanyahu, who seemed to be waiting for police announcement last week, denied being bribed and announced that he will remain in office despite police report.

The Israeli Supreme Court had rejected on Monday a request of supporters of prime Minister to ban to police recommending accusations against senior officials, reports agency EFE. The High court said re was no legal reason to "interfere" with police acts. Netanyahu was gared on Tuesday night with his lawyers and advisors to prepare his defense strategy. The Lahav 433, Anti-crime unit of Israeli police equivalent to FBI, has narrowed over 2017 siege around two cases of corruption in which Netanyahu is involved, which is at head of government since 2009.

Police records in which he is considered suspicious are counted in a thousand. The so-called case 1,000 is focused on controversial gift-giving of magnate Arnon Milchan, as cigars Cohiba cigars and bottles of French champagne to Israeli Prime minister. The so-called case 2,000 refers to Netanyahu's alleged compromises with Noni Mozes, editor of Yedioth Ahronoth, country's most-circulated payment diary to favor his political interests. There is also a case 3,000 – for alleged collection of commissions in acquisition for submarine Navy manufactured by German company ThyssenKrupp, in which Netanyahu has not yet been officially involved.

The Police act in Israel with remarkable independence. As a result of his investigations, former Hebrew state president Moshe Katsav, sentenced in 2010 for rape and sexual assaults, was jailed for five years. The investigations also helped to keep deputy head of government Ehud Olmert in jail for more than 14 months, convicted of real estate corruption offenses in 2016, and had to relinquish office in 2009.


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