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Corruption charges against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

Corruption charges against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

 Feb 14, 2018

Israel police have accused corruption charges against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Wednesday. Police said in a statement they were recommending his indictment on bribery, fraud, and breach of public trust.

A decision on whether to press formal charges against Netanyahu depends on the attorney general’s office. A prime minister facing such police recommendations or who has been formally charged is not obliged to resign.

They have been investigating Netanyahu over suspicions that he and his family received expensive gifts from Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer.

The gifts allegedly included pricey cigars, jewellery, and champagne. The total value of the gifts received between 2007 and 2016 is estimated at around one million shekels (€229,000, $283,000), according to police.They have also been probing allegations Netanyahu sought a secret deal for favourable coverage with the publisher of top-selling newspaper Yediot Aharonot.

But Netanyahu, prime minister for a total of nearly 12 years, also harshly denounced the police recommendations against him as "full of holes, like Swiss cheese." He said the police report "misleads" and is "contrary to the truth and logic."

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