Israel police have recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges, The Associated Press reports.
BREAKING: Israeli media reports say police recommending Netanyahu indictment on corruption charges, including bribery.
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 13, 2018
Police recommended the Attorney General indict Netanyahu in two cases of alleged bribery, according to Israeli reporter Barak Ravid.
BREAKING: Israeli police recommends the attorney general to indict Netanyahu in two cases of alleged bribery
— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) February 13, 2018
In one case, Netanyahu is suspected of accepting gifts from billionaire benefactors, The New York Post reports.
Netanyahu reportedly received cigars and champagne from a Hollywood producer in exchange for political favors.
In the other case, police say Netanyahu reached an illegal deal with a newspaper publisher that would provide him with positive coverage.
Netanyahu has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.
More, via NY Post:
Netanyahu has openly questioned the integrity of the police commissioner and other high-ranking officers handling the investigations.
Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich claimed in an interview last week that “powerful people” have been gathering information about the probes, Haaretz reported.
In a response on Facebook, Netanyahu called the claims “ludicrous” and said the police chief’s comments “cast a shadow” over the investigations.