Published: Thu, December 29, 2016
World | By Tasha Manning

Israeli PM to face criminal probe over bribery, fraud

Israeli PM to face criminal probe over bribery, fraud

Less than a week after the United Nations, backed by the US, condemned Israel from building settlements on Palestinian territories, Israel's Attorney General has ordered a criminal investigation into the Prime Minister.

Israeli Police have been pressing the Attorney General for some time for a green light to turn the investigation into a criminal probe.

According to a report aired by a local newscaster, police have recently gained access to a new document in a secret case which was opened some nine months ago and now believe they have cause to open a full investigation.

"He [Netanyhau] will be called for questioning by the police in the coming days", the channel added.

In May, Israel's state comptroller issued a critical report on Netanyahu's foreign trips, some of which were taken with his wife and children, from 2003 to 2005, when he was finance minister.

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"It's all nonsense", the spokesman told the Haaretz daily. "There was nothing and there will be nothing".

"The attorney-general, the police and prosecutors are working in close cooperation and a public announcement will be made in due course about the investigation", she said.

It has not been a good week for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Among the allegations are that Netanyahu accepted large sums of money from convicted French tycoon Arnaud Mimran. The report stated that among the suspected offenses are bribe-taking and aggravated fraud.

"Increasing the security and strength of the state of Israel is the only consideration that guided me in acquiring the submarines", Netanyahu said.

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