As we reported, Israeli police obtained documents that they believe will lead to a criminal investigation into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s time as the country’s foreign minister. Today, police questioned Netanyahu for the first time about the case as Attorney General Avichai Mandelbilt agreed with police.
From Fox News:
“The national police unit questioned the PM Benjamin Netanyahu under caution on the suspicions of receiving benefits,” a statement from police said. “He was questioned for 3 hours at his residents [sic]. At this stage there is no further details to be given.”
According to Israeli channel 10, the two businessmen who are suspected of providing benefits to Netanyahu have already admitted their roles, and Netanyahu is now to be confronted with that testimony.
Netanyahu has called these corruption allegations baseless, denying that he ever accepted gifts or bribes while serving as the foreign minister from 2002-2003 or 2012-2013.
“We’ve been paying attention to reports in the media, we are hearing the celebratory mood and the atmosphere in the television studios and the corridors of the opposition, and I would like to tell them, stop with the celebrations, don’t rush,” he said at a meeting of the Likud party after the questioning occurred according to ABC News.
This is not the first scandal Netanyahu has faced in his more than 20 years in Israeli government, though none have ever actually resulted in any charges. However, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted of a “breach of trust” and is currently serving 18 months in prison. Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was also investigated, along with his sons, in 2002.
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