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Israeli police: Netanyahu suspected of breach of trust, bribes

08 August 2017, 12:30 | Colleen Roy

Israeli PM Netanyahu downplays ex-aide's decision to testify in graft cases

Netanyahu under investigation

Shaked told Israel's Channel 2 on Saturday that ministers have to resign in such cases, but not necessarily prime ministers.

Police have been investigating Netanyahu for several months over the cases but have released sparse details.

A former chief of staff to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to provide testimony on behalf of the state in two cases in which the Israeli leader has been questioned as a suspect. A committee charged with overseeing residence expenditures - and which included the Prime Minister's Office legal adviser - ruled against the hiring of Fahima, but he was employed nonetheless. In so-called Case 1000, Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, are suspected of receiving illicit gifts from billionaire benefactors, whereas Case 2000 involves an alleged deal between Netanyahu and the publisher of Yedioth Ahronoth, a widely circulated Hebrew-language daily, that would have seen the premier support legislation to shutter a rival newspaper in return for more favorable coverage from Yedioth.

Police have issued a gag order as they try to persuade Netanyahu's former chief of staff Ari Harow to be a state witness in the cases. His statement follows the description by the police of the offenses of which he is accused in the 1000 and 2000 cases: "The 1000 and 2000 cases concern bribery, fraud, and breach of trust". Germany postponed the submarine deal due to the investigation.

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Netanyahu's predecessor, Ehud Olmert, was released from prison last month after serving a 16-month sentence.

Netanyahu's office has repeatedly denied wrongdoing over the investigations, portraying the accusations as a witch hunt against him and his family by a hostile media opposed to his hard-line political views. "We can not go without a "weekly affair", so I want to tell you, citizens of Israel, I'm not referring to the background noise, I'm continuing to work for you", Netanyahu said in a video published on his Facebook page last Friday.

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