Israeli Police to Recommend Corruption Indictment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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09 February, 2018

"A large shadow was cast tonight over the police investigations and their recommendations related to Prime Minister Netanyahu".

Israeli media is reporting that police will recommend indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for corruption, although Netanyahu is downplaying the recommendations.

Roni Alsheikh, the chief of police, convened his top investigators for a final summing-up of evidence in two investigations.

"There won't be anything because I know the truth", Netanyahu said in a video statement on Wednesday.

Some Netanyahu supporters have said the Prime Minister should remain in office even if indicted.

Netanyahu added many police recommendations go nowhere.

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In a rare interview on the cases on Wednesday for Hadashot news's investigative program "Uvda", Alsheich rebuffed as "untrue" Netanyahu's earlier claim that most police recommendations are eventually trashed. "So, don't be under pressure".

According to Israeli media, police are expected to recommend that he be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of public trust.

The probe reportedly concerns allegations Netanyahu improperly received lavish gifts from Hollywood and business figures.

Netanyahu is also being investigated about a possible deal discussed between him and a newspaper publisher of the paper providing more positive coverage of Netanyahu in exchange for the passage of a law that would hurt the paper's main competitor. In return he offered to have the circulation of a rival, pro-Netanyahu paper reduced, presumably through influencing its owner, the US businessman and conservative financier Sheldon Adelson. It would be up to the attorney general to decide whether to put Netanyahu on trial. "I am certain that at the end of the day, the certified legal authorities will come to one conclusion, the simple truth: there is nothing". Neither set of recommendations ripened into charges, with attorneys general citing insufficient evidence to indict.

The 68-year-old premier has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and says he is being targeted by political opponents.

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