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Friday, December 30, 2016
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to be investigated for bribery and land scam fraud
Netanyahu has long been the subject of scrutiny over his financial dealings. (AFP/File)
Netanyahu will be investigated following a nine-month police inquiry into two unspecified matters, and will be summoned to give evidence in the coming days, Israel’s Hebrew-language Channel 10 television network reported.
An unnamed spokeswoman from Israel’s so-called Justice Ministry said in a statement that checks in the matter “are still ongoing and this is neither confirmation nor denial of what has been alleged.”
“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.
Mandelblit recently ordered an investigation into claims that Netanyahu accepted 1 million euros (about $1.1 million) from accused French fraudster Arnaud Mimran in the form of donations during his 2009 campaign.
In May, Comptroller Yosef Shapira issued a critical report on Netanyahu’s foreign trips, some of which were taken with his wife Sara and children, from 2003 to 2005, when he was the Israeli finance minister.
The Israeli prime minister is also under investigation over the billion-dollar purchase of three submarines from Germany, where media have reported "a serious conflict of interest" on the part of Netanyahu.